Voting on Election Day

  • All polling places are open from 6:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.
  • Voters who registered by mail and did not provide sufficient proof of identity will be notified by the County Clerk that their registration is not complete, and they will be ineligible to vote until they provide the required proof of identity at the polling place on Election Day or when requesting a vote by mail ballot.
  • If you applied for a mail and decide you want to vote at your polling place, you will either need to bring your mail ballot to give to the judges to spoil or vote provisionally so the Election office can make sure only one ballot is counted.
  • If you vote early or grace period, you may not vote on Election Day.
  • If you damage, mark your ballot incorrectly, or change your mind about your ballot choices before your ballot is put in the ballot box, you may request a new ballot. No ballot may be retrieved from the ballot box as that vote has been counted and is filed.
  • Write-in votes will count only for candidates who have filed a Declaration of Intent to be a Write-In Candidate.
  • Your ballot may be different than your closest neighbor’s. Precinct boundaries and local government districts do not necessarily coincide. Ballot styles are specific to those candidates and issues for which you are entitled to vote.
  • If you are in need of assistance in voting, call the County Clerk’s Office at (217) 854-3214 or email [email protected] for more information on how we can help you vote.
  • Illinois does not have a party registration system. In a primary election, you are required to declare a party only if you wish to vote on party nomination ballots. Nonpartisan ballots are available for any referendum or public questions.

Voter’s Bill of Rights

You have the right to:

  • Cast your ballot in a non-disruptive atmosphere free of interference.
  • Vote if you’re in line by 7:00 P.M.
  • Be a provisional voter if there is a question about your registration status or your eligibility to vote in the election.
  • Vote a Federal ballot at your old polling place if you have moved within 30 days of the election.
  • Request assistance in voting, if needed.
  • Bring newspaper endorsements or sample ballots into the voting booth, but take them with you when you finish voting.
  • Protect the secrecy of your ballot by using the ballot secrecy folder provided.
  • Receive a new ballot if you make a mistake or change your mind.
  • Check for voting errors (overvotes) after marking your ballot in a private and independent manner.
  • Have your ballot counted fairly and impartially.

If you believe these rights have been violated, call the Macoupin County Clerk’s Office at (217) 854-3214.