Thousands of people across the state have already registered to vote online — something allowed for the first time in Illinois this summer. “It has incrementally increased as time has gone by,” said Rupert Borgsmiller, executive director of the State Board of Elections. “There’s more and more people using the application.” The state board put the system online in June, following action by the General Assembly last year. The new law is Public Act 98-115. As of late last week, more than 5,000 people had used the system statewide, said Kyle Thomas, director of voting and registration systems with the board. Stacey Kern, director of elections for Sangamon County, said there were 33 new registrations and 28 people who updated their name or address through the system in the county, which has more than 134,000 registered voters. “So far it’s been seamless,” Kern said.
Online registrations have to go through the State Board of Elections website, though it can be reached as well by links on county clerks’ websites. On the state website, elections.il.gov, there is an “online voter registration” box on the bottom left area of the home page, under the heading “Spotlight.”
On Sangamon County’s site, sangamoncountyclerk.com, under the “Quick Links” heading on the home page is a tab called “On-Line Voter Registration.” A click there leads to the state site. That site leads the applicant through a series of questions, including if it is a new registration or a change of address or name.