The work of deputy registrars is a
vital contribution to American democracy. Registering voters encourages voter
participation and enhances our electoral process.
Who May Register
- Election Authorities - Local County Clerks or Local Board of
- Deputy Registrars - As appointed
following are automatically appointed as deputy registrars by the election
- Municipal Clerks
- Township/Road District
- Precinct Committeemen
The following may be appointed
only upon written request:
- Bona fide state civic organization
- Civic Organizations which seek to engage in voter
registration must file an application with the State Board of Elections (SBE)
for certification as a bona fide civic organization. Applications for
certification must be filed with the SBE by the 90th day prior to each
- Bona fide state labor organization members
organizations must submit a copy of by-laws to the Election Commission to be
certified as a bona fide labor organization
- Chief Librarian
- High School/Elementary School principal or designee
- University/College president or designee
- Public Aid Director or
- Secretary of State's Driver's License Facility Employees
- Employment Security Director or designated employees
President or designated employees
When May Registrars Take Voter
All Deputy Registrars may accept the voter registration of
any qualified Illinois resident at any time except during the close of
registration which begins 27 days before each election. Registration re-opens
two days after each election.
Where May Registrars Take Voter
Deputy registrars from civic organizations, labor
organizations, corporations, and all precinct committeemen may accept the
registration of any qualified Illinois resident anywhere within Illinois.
All other deputy registrars may accept the registration of any qualified
Illinois resident but only at their assigned location.
About Deputy Registrars
- DRs must be trained, take an oath, and be
appointed as provided by state law.
- DRs are appointed for 2-year terms
beginning the first business day in December following each General Election.
They may be reappointed only upon written request.
- DRs may be removed
- DRs must be registered to vote in the jurisdiction in which
they are appointed.
- Precinct committeemen are appointed as DRs on the
date of the county convention following the General Primary Election.
- DRs must complete registration forms neatly and must follow the specific
directions of the election authority.
- DRs must return completed
registration materials within 7 days of completion.
registrations or cancellations are taken between the 35th and 29th day before
the election, DRs must return completed materials to the election authority
within 48 hours.
If registrations or cancellations are taken on the last
day for registration, DRs must return all the registration material to the
election authority within 24 hours.
Important: DRs must not
engage in any type of political activity while registering voters.
For additional information see: