Registering To Vote

Those who meet the following requirements may register to vote:

  • You must be a citizen of the United States.
  • You must be 18 years of age on or before the date of the General election. (11/4/ 2014)
  • You must reside in your precinct for at least 30 days prior to an election.

The following is required to be registered to vote:

  • Two forms of identification, with one showing your current residence address.
  • One form of identification must be a permanent residence, such as a driver’s license, a hunting or fishing license, a student identification, or a copy of a piece of mail delivered to you at your residence. Voter registration deadlines.
  • Voter registrations are accepted year-round, except during the 27 days prior to any election when voter registration is closed. Deadlines are publicized prior to every election. Those who are unregistered after the usual deadline may be able to take advantage of Grace Period Voter registration. Contact the County Clerk’s Election office for more information.


Ways to register in Franklin County

You may register to vote in person by stopping by the County Clerk’s office during regular business hours.

 You may also register at the following locations in Franklin County:

  • Secretary of State’s Driver Services Facility in Benton.
  • Franklin County Election Office, 202 West Main in Benton.
  • Department of Human Services office in Benton.
  • You may also register in-person with a deputy registrar or precinct committeeman of either political party.
  • You may also download a voter registration form on-line, complete it and mail to the County Clerk’s office.
  • When registering by mail you must vote in person the first time either at your polling place or by casting an absentee ballot in the County Clerk’s Election Office. Please read all instructions carefully and print legibly.


If you change your address…

If you have moved from one address in Franklin County to another address in Franklin County, you need to notify the County Clerk’s Election Office of your new address.

You can notify our office by:

  • Coming into our office and completing an address change form.
  • Mailing us, on a plain piece of paper, your old address, your new address, and your phone number. We will also need your signature on the request.
  • Completing and mailing the back of your old voter registration card with your new home information and signature.

Download a Printable Voter Registration Form


Check My Registration

You can now check your Franklin County voter registration status on-line. Enter your full first and last name as it appears on your voter registration card. If you are a registered voter, you will also be given the address of your precinct polling place.

Once your registration is established, you may also find the districts you reside in. Enter your street number and select your street/road name from the drop-down list. There may be several variations of a street or road name so check other possible choices if you get an error message.

Please note: This service is maintained by the Illinois State Board of Elections and is based on information transmitted by the local election authorities. The Franklin County Clerk’s office does not guarantee the accuracy of the information presented. If you experience problems, please contact the Franklin County Clerk’s Election office to confirm your registration status.

Check Your Voter Registration Status