Illinois

Snapshot: Illinois has middling scores on voting access and ballot security, but a good score on how elected officials responded to claims about the 2020 election.

Ease of Voting

Some measures to expand access
4 out of 7 benchmarks

Ballot Security

Some measures to ensure accuracy and security
5 out of 8 benchmarks

What Politicians Say

Few responses that undermined the 2020 election
3 out of 4 benchmarks

After experimenting with no-excuse mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic, Illinois made it permanent in 2021.

The elections overhaul also required the mail ballots sent without postage be accepted, allowed local elections administrators to set up ballot drop boxes and provided funding to buy them.

The law made other changes to make voting easier, allowing curbside voting where people can fill out a ballot in their car, making the 2022 Election Day a state holiday and setting up voting centers where any local-area resident can cast a ballot.


Ease of Voting

Is the state making it easy for eligible voters to register and cast a ballot?
Met 0 out of 0 benchmarks
How Illinois compares to other states
Illinois
Other states
← Easier to vote
Harder →
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
0
Number of total benchmarks met

Other laws passed in 2021 require state prison officials to give felons leaving prison voter registration forms and expand an automatic voter registration program to include the Department of Corrections.


Ballot Security

Is the state following best practices to ensure ballot counting is accurate and timely?
Met 0 out of 0 benchmarks
How Illinois compares to other states
Illinois
Other states
← More secure
Less secure →
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
0
Number of total benchmarks met

A 2022 law allows disabled voters disabled voters to return ballots electronically, which the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine says is “fundamentally insecure.”


How Politicians Responded to the 2020 Election

What did the state do in the aftermath of Trump's defeat?
Met 0 out of 0 benchmarks
How Illinois compares to other states
Illinois
Other states
← Fewer efforts to undermine 2020 election
More →
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
0
Number of total benchmarks met

Two of Illinois’ five Republican US representatives objected to the certification of Biden electors from Arizona and Pennsylvania.

Two also signed an amicus brief supporting a Texas lawsuit asking the Supreme Court to intervene in the election.


Read the full methodology
Story by: Ryan Teague Beckwith and Bill Allison
Graphics by: Paul Murray, Allison McCartney and Mira Rojanasakul
With assistance by: Rachael Dottle, Marie Patino, Jenny Zhang, Gregory Korte, Romy Varghese, Vincent Del Giudice, Nathan Crooks, Margaret Newkirk, Shruti Date Singh, David Welch, Elise Young, Dina Bass, Brendan Walsh, Carey Goldberg and Maria Wood
Editors: Wendy Benjaminson, Wes Kosova, Alex Tribou and Yue Qiu
Photo editors: Eugene Reznik, Marisa Gertz and Maria Wood
Photo credits: Getty Images, Bloomberg and AP Photo