Register to Vote

Please note, if you apply to vote within 30 days of an election, you are advised to register in person at your home county's County Clerk's office.  For Monroe County Clerk contact information, scroll down on this page.  For all other Illinois counties, click here to be directed to the Illinois State Board of Elections election authority search page.

Also notable, if you apply to register to vote by mail, you cannot vote by absentee ballot in the next election.

To be eligible to register to vote, you must:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Not be convicted of an offense and in jail
  • Be at least age 18 on or before the next election
  • Not claim the right to vote anywhere else
  • Live in your election precinct at least 30 days prior to the next election

To Complete a Form Online...

If you are a first time registrant, please click here to be directed to a voter registration form you can complete online, print, and mail to submit.

To Register in Person - County Clerk's Office

If you prefer to register in person, and you are a Monroe County resident, you may do so at the County Clerk's office.

MONROE COUNTY CLERK
100 SOUTH MAIN STREET
WATERLOO, IL 62298

To contact the Clerk's office:

Phone: 618-939-8681
Fax: 618-939-8639
Email: moclerk@htc.net

Residents of all other Illinois counties may click here to be directed to the Illinois State Board of Elections election authority search page.

 
To Register in Person - Secretary of State Facility

If you are eligible to vote, you can register when applying for or renewing your driver's license at a Secretary of State facility.  They will provide you with a voter registration application form to sign and will forward your application to your local election authority.

In Monroe County:

MONROE COUNTY SECRETARY OF STATE OFFICE
511 ILLINOIS AVENUE
WATERLOO, IL 62298

Phone:  618-939-3663

When renewing your driver's license by phone, the Internet or by mail, you can request a packet of voter registration materials be mailed to you.  Complete instructions for sending the completed materials to your local election authority.

Although the Secretary of State's office forwards applications on your behalf at any time, if you apply to vote within 30 days of an election, your local election authority will not be able to process your registration until after the election, meaning you will not be eligible to vote in that election.