Commonly asked questions:
1. Where can I register to vote?
You can register to vote at the Courthouse, in Carthage,
Illinois, between the hours of 8 A.M. and 4 P.M. You may
also register with any driver's license station in the state
as long as you have other business with them. We also have
deputy registrars through out the county, you may contact us
and see if there is one close to you.
2. What do I need to bring to register to vote?
You will need two forms of Identification, one with your
current residence address on it. Acceptable forms of
identification are an Illinois driver's license, Illinois
State ID. card, a piece of mail, Student ID. card, or
3. Can I register to vote any time?
Registration is open year round except: during the 27-day
period just prior to an election and during the 2-day period
after each election.
4. Do I ever have to re-register?
No, not unless you have moved to a different address. This
includes if you just move from one apartment to another in
the same building. Also, if
you have a change of name, you must re-register.
5. I moved but I didn't change my address, can I still vote?
If it is a general primary or general election, you will be
allowed to vote Federal Only ballot. Meaning that you will
only be able to vote for federal offices that up for
election at that time. The Election Judges will also have
you fill out a change of address form, so that at the next
election you will be able to vote the entire ballot, as long
as your voter information hasn't changed.
6. My name has changed since I last voted, and I didn't
change it. Can I still vote?
If you changed your name more than 27 days before the
election and did not re-register, you cannot vote - unless
you live in the same precinct. If you live in the same
precinct, you may sign an affidavit at the polling place
attesting that you are the same person, in which case you
will be given the full ballot.
7. How do you vote absentee?
You must contact the Election/Voter Registration office and
request an application for an absentee ballot. You can do
this 28 days before an election. Once the application has
been received back in the office, your ballot will be mailed
to you, which you will then vote and return.
You may also vote in person, in the Election/Voter
Registration office located in the County Courthouse, during
regular office hours. You will fill
out the absentee application, and then be given your ballot.
You will then vote your ballot, and return it while you are