In all states, it's a felony to vote if your voting rights are currently revoked. If you are uncertain about your status from the information provided on this page, call 1-866-OUR-VOTE for more information.
Misdemeanor convictions in Illinois
You do not lose the right to vote if convicted of a misdemeanor in Illinois. If you are incarcerated for a misdemeanor you should check voter registration status, register to vote if necessary, and request an absentee ballot from office administrators at your complex.
You can vote while awaiting trial for any charge, even if incarcerated, as long as you have not lost your right to vote due to a prior conviction.
Felony convictions in Illinois
You lose the right to vote while incarcerated if you are convicted of a felony. If you are on parole, probation, or have fully completed your sentence, you may register to vote and cast a ballot.
Next steps for restoring voting rights in Illinois
If your sentence is completed, you may register to vote and cast a ballot, even if you are on parole or probation.
Helpful U.S. Vote Foundation Resources
Click here for help with:
Registering to vote
Requesting an absentee ballot
Requesting a mail-in ballot
Click here for help with finding your Election Official.