Voting in Chicago If You’re Registered Elsewhere

If you’re registered in another state or municipality but wish to engage and vote in the 2019 Chicago elections, you can register to vote in Chicago for the 2019 elections and choose where to retain a registration thereafter.

While UChiVotes cannot and does not provide legal advice, the resources below can help you determine what you should do with your existing registration. In most states and jurisdictions, you can safely register in Chicago and maintain your existing registration so long as you do not attempt to vote in the same election under two registrations. As a general rule, then, it is not illegal to be registered to vote in two states—only to vote in two states in the same election. That said, there are some exceptions to the rule. Consult your local board of elections for more information.

One note of caution: many states regularly purge voters who have died or moved from their registration rolls. If you decide to register and vote in Illinois in 2019 but wish to vote with your earlier registration in another state in the future, be sure that your registration is still valid in that state well before the election in which you wish to vote.

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National Conference of State Legislatures: Double Voting Statutes

LA Times: President Trump says it's illegal to be registered to vote in two states — but he's wrong.