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Voting is one of the most American acts you can take! We can answer all questions from how to get registered to vote, what to expect the ballot to look like, and just how awesome you will feel after you cast your vote! #EIUVotes
We have invited a non-partisan group of people from across campus to come together to help us spread the word about what we are doing on campus! We have three main efforts: educate our community campus with facts, helping our students and campus community get registered to vote here in Coles County or in their hometown, and then get them engaged and excited to turn in their ballot for the election!
What is the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge?
The Eastern Illinois University has joined more than 317 other colleges and universities around the country by committing to the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge.
If you would like to propose an event related to the ALL IN Campus Challenge or if you want to host a voter registration event, contact
the Office of Leadership and Engagement at email@example.com .
Voter Registration Portal: Use this portal as a one stop location to register to vote or check to see if you are already registered!
Before you register to vote, it's important to makes sure that you are eligible to vote. To vote in Illinois:
You'll need the following information to complete online voter registration:
Same day registration is available during early voting or on election day. During this time frame, you can register and vote at the same time. Proper identification is required.
If you wish to register in another state, you can find voter registration forms for your state online at Vote.gov. You can also check your registration status in another state if you are unsure of your voter registration status.
If you cannot make it to a polling place during an early voting time or on Election Day, you can request a Coles County vote by mail ballot. When you receive your application in the mail, you'll need to fill it out and sign it according to the instructions.
Avoid lines on election day and vote early. All students registered in Coles County are eligible to vote early on campus in the MLK Union bridgeway or at the Coles County Courthouse.
EIU will be hosting a Vote Early day on TBD!
Early voting will be available February 23rd-April 3rd. Check here for specific hours.
Vote on Election Day
Illinois municipal elections will be March 19th, 2024. Polling place hours are 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. If you are in line by 7 p.m., you are entitled to vote. Not sure where to go to vote, Coles County voters can look up their polling place online.
If you need a ride to your polling place on Election Day, reserve a ride at this link or call the Center for Civic Engagement at 309-438-1100 for further assistance. Rides will be available from 10 am until 2 pm.
Future Election Dates - Save the Date
|General Primary||March 19|
|Local Primary||February 25|
|Local Election||April 1|
|General Election||November 5|
Voting in the General Election
“Voting is your civic duty.” This is a pretty common sentiment, especially each November as Election Day approaches. Participating in elections is one of the key freedoms of American life. Many people in countries around the world do not have the same freedom, nor did many Americans in centuries past. No matter what you believe or whom you support, it is important to exercise your rights.
In the general election, we vote for the President of the United States, as well as some other positions including candidates for Congress, Senate, and some state and local representatives. Check BallotReady to see who will be on your ballot.
Voting in a Local Election
People are often aware of presidential and midterm year elections in November but often overlook the spring municipal elections. The municipal elections are held every other year (odd-numbered years) and elect positions such as mayor, township and city council members, school board members, and more. These are the officials that make decisions on issues, such as affordable housing and rental properties, buses and transportation, parking, law enforcement, public safety, and green spaces etc.that directly impact students and community members.These races often come down to just a handful of votes, so every vote counts! The outcomes of these elections can have a huge impact on the day-to-day workings of our community. As an EIU student, you have the option to register to vote using your local address where you live for most of the year and where many issues have an impact on you while you live here.
Be informed and prepared for election day by knowing what candidates will be on the ballot and where they stand on the issues. Sample ballots are available on the Coles County Clerk's website. BallotReady and Vote411 (supported by the League of Women Voters) are also great resources for identifying who will be on your ballot.
Check out My Reps to learn about who is currently representing you.
What do I need to register
You must have two forms of ID, both must have your name and one must have your current address. A sample list of ID are listed below.
Eastern Illinois University is officially a Voter Friendly Campus! This national designation came after over a year of work from the Office of Leadership and Engagement and the entire campus community.