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Elections and Voting

Find information about national, state, and local elections in the United States, including voter registration and identification requirements, voting rights, polling places, and other resources.

General Information

This guide provides resources for learning about elections and voting, including topics such as voting rights, voter registration, voter identification requirements, polling places, and information to research candidates and issues. Please note that most of the voting related information is created specifically for those residing in the Champaign/Urbana area Illinois.

Types of Elections

  • Elections span across the federal, state, and local/municipal levels of government, shaping the future of our communities.
  • On Election Day, which falls on the first Tuesday of November, citizens engage in the crucial democratic process of filling various offices and voting on ballot measures.
  • Primary elections are held at various times throughout the year, depending on each state's election schedule. The winners of the primary elections become the official nominees of their respective parties and move on to compete in the general election.


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This guide is intended for informational purposes only and is not in any way intended to be legal advice. The team made a sincere effort to include  non-partisan resources. The guide was reworked in 2024 by Brian Schlender, Erik Kruse, Uyen Nguyen, Isabel Ryan, and Sanga Sung.