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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Deputy Registrars

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 Voters?

  • Election Authorities - Local County Clerks or Local Board of Election Commissioners
  • Deputy Registrars - As appointed

The following are automatically appointed as deputy registrars by the election authority:

  • Municipal Clerks
  • Township/Road District Clerks
  • Precinct Committeemen

The following may be appointed only upon written request:

  • Bona fide state civic organization members
    • 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 election.
  • Bona fide state labor organization members
    • Labor organizations must submit a copy of by-laws to the Election Commission to be certified as a bona fide labor organization
  • Chief Librarian or designee
  • High School/Elementary School principal or designee
  • University/College president or designee
  • Public Aid Director or designees
  • Secretary of State's Driver's License Facility Employees
  • Employment Security Director or designated employees
  • Corporation President or designated employees

When May Registrars Take Voter Registrations?

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 Registrations?

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.

Important Facts 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 for cause.
  • 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.

If new 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.

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