Illinois Secretary of State

Employer / Organization


Next Election

Nov 08, 2022

Filing Window

Nov 22, 2021 - Jun 27, 2022


The Illinois Secretary of the State's traditional duties have been as the keeper of the official state records, laws and Great Seal of the state of Illinois. As the population and duties of government have expanded, so has the Illinois Secretary of State's role. Today the Illinois Secretary of State oversees 20 departments that contain over 4,000 employees and their duties range from issuing driver's licenses and registering vehicles, as well as tracking corporations and other business entities created or headquartered in Illinois.

Application Guidelines
To run for this position you must contact the County Clerk's Elections Division in which you reside, or the Illinois State Board of Elections. Be aware that the filing window is typically only one week long, however the period for circulating petitions for signatures and preparing your paperwork is much longer (typically 90 days). If you are considering running, contact the County Clerk as soon as possible to verify that you are eligible to run for this position, and to clarify the requirements for running (petition signatures, filing fees, etc.) The County Clerks and the State Board of Elections are the administrators for the elections and their purpose is to help voters and candidates, so contact them as soon as possible. Additionally, please use the weblink to the Candidate Guide provided by the State of Illinois on this page.

Submit application to:
Illinois State Board of Elections, 2329 S MacArthur Blvd, Springfield, IL, 62704, US