Voter Information

Election Nears For Voters In

Madison, St. Clair Counties

Voting and Registration Information for Metro East Residents

Steve Rensberry 
RP News

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - (RP NEWS) - 9/11/2020 - Voters and residents in Madison and St. Clair counties have but a few short weeks to decide how they are going to vote in the Nov. 3, 2020, General Election.

Madison Co. Vote Trends: 1968-2016
   Turnout is expected to be high, and concerns about the spread of COVID-19 have prompted both local and state officials to urge people to utilize vote-by-mail options if they have any concerns at all.

In general, early voting period runs in Illinois from Sept. 24 - Nov. 2, however dates can vary per county, as they do in Madison and St. Clair. If you are unsure of your registration status or where to vote, the Illinois State Board of Elections has a polling place locator available here: Polling Place Locator

Individuals can register in the state year-round, except during the 27-day period immediately preceding an election, the 2 days after an election, and 16 days prior to the electon if they are registering online. Grace period registration and voting is available in-person at county clerk's offices within that period.

Here are the details for Madison and St. Clair counties.

Madison County

In-office voting at the Madison County Clerk's office in Edwardsville will begin for voters in Madison County on Sept. 24, along with the official vote-by-mail period.

A screenshot of voting machines in Madison Co.

   People who requested a ballot by mail should receive their ballot in the mail between Sept. 24 and Oct. 29, the county states, depending on when the request was received. People can request to vote by mail up until Oct. 29.

If you have yet to register to vote, Oct. 6 will be your last official day to do so online or at any place other than the Madison County Clerk's office, where you will be able to vote during grace period registration from Oct. 7 through Nov. 2. Voters must register and cast their vote immediately afterwards.

Polls will be open on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, from 6 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Information on where to vote is printed on a voter's registration card, which should include a list of taxing districts in your area as well as the designated polling station, township, and precinct number.

Early voting in person aside form the clerk's office will be available between 15 days and the 2nd day before the election, with the county setting Oct. 19 as the start. Available locations are listed here: Early voting locations

Residents can check their voter information status and polling location here: Voter Information

The Madison County Administration Building and clerk's office is located at 157 N. Main Street, 1st Floor, in Edwardsville, Ill.

St. Clair County

To register to vote in St. Clair County, people can visit the St. Clair County Clerk's Office throughout the year from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Election-related questions can be sent by email to, or people can call 618-825-2366.

The St. Clair Co. Admin. Bld (RP News Photo)
   Residents may request a mail-in ballot, download a registration application, or make an address change online through the county's Elections Division

Applications must be received by the Madison County Clerk's office no later than 28 days before the election.

As noted on the county's website: Ballots will be mailed to applicants beginning Sept. 24, which is also the first day of early voting. The deadline for applying for a mail ballot is 5 p.m., Oct. 29. After Oct. 29, voters can still receive a mail ballot by applying in person at the County Clerk’s Office, St. Clair County Courthouse, #10 Public Square, 2nd Floor, Belleville, IL 62220. Ballots must be postmarked no later than Nov. 3 to be accepted, and properly postmarked ballots will be accepted through Nov. 17.”

St. Clair County lists Oct. 7 the start of in-person early voting, at the St. Clair County Clerk's Office, 10 Public Square, 2nd Floor, Belleville, Ill.