For the most current voting information, please visit the Cook County Clerk’s Website.
Voter Registration Status
If you are already registered to vote, you may check your voter registration status here, as well as your polling place location and sample ballots.
When to Re-Register
Your registration is permanent unless you move or change your name.
If you have moved within suburban Cook County, you must transfer your registration by re-registering. You may choose to write your new address on the back of your voter identification card and mail it to the Clerk’s downtown Chicago office.
You must re-register with the new local election authority or county clerk if you move to an address outside suburban Cook County.
Voters who legally change their name, but not their address, do not have to re-register. If you have changed your name, you can vote after updating your information at the polls.
If Your Need to Register to Vote
Registering to vote has never been easier or more convenient. You can register online, in person or you can download registration forms and register through the mail. Below you can find information for each of the four ways to register during the standard voter registration period. Please make sure to check the specific deadline for the form you select as dates differ depending on the method of registration.
1. Online – Deadline of March 19 for the April 4 Consolidated Election
If you have an Illinois driver’s license or state ID, you may register online through the Illinois State Board of Elections website.
2. PDF – Deadline of March 7 for the April 4 Consolidated Election
If you do not have a driver’s license or state ID, fill out a form online, print, sign and mail it in.
3. Paper – Deadline of March 7 for the April 4 Consolidated Election
4. In Person – Deadline of March 7 for the April 4 Consolidated Election
Eligible suburban Cook County residents can also register to vote in person with a certified registrar by going to:
- One of the Cook County Clerk’s six locations
- A village, city or township clerk
- An Illinois Secretary of State’s drivers license facility. You can register to vote when you obtain or renew your driver’s license or state identification card at any of the license facilities. Registration is also available at other state government offices, including public assistance offices and military recruitment offices.
- Deputy registrars: Trained volunteer deputy registrars may register you to vote.
Grace Period & Election Day Registration and Voting
If you miss both voter registration deadlines, you may still register to vote during the Grace Period or on Election Day. However, registration locations are limited.
1. Grace Period Registration and Voting: March 8 – April 3 for the April 4 Consolidated Election
Grace Period Registration and Voting extends the registration period by allowing voters to register and vote until the Monday before an election. Guidelines limit when and where grace period registrants can vote – during the 27 day grace period, voters must register and vote in person at one of the Clerk’s designated grace period locations.
Individuals wishing to vote during the grace period must bring two pieces of identification to register, one with a current address. Grace period registrants must immediately cast their ballot after registering to vote.
2. April 4, 2017 Election Day Registration and Voting
On April 4, voters who are not registered to vote can register and vote at their home precinct only, on Election Day. Any voter who is not registered and needs to know where to go to register and vote on Election Day can utilize the Clerk’s online Your Voter Information Tool to find their proper polling place by address or birthday.
To register to vote, you must be:
- A U.S. citizen
- At least 18 years old by the general election
- A resident of your precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day
You also must display two pieces of identification. Neither needs to be a photo ID, but one must include your current address. Acceptable forms of ID include:
- Illinois driver’s license
- Illinois state ID
- Employee or student ID
- Credit card
- Social security card
- Birth certificate
- Utility bill in applicant’s name
- Mail postmarked to the applicant
- Valid U.S. passport
- Public aid ID card
- Lease or rental contract
In Illinois, you do not declare affiliation with a political party when you register to vote. In primary elections, you may choose to vote a specific political party ballot on Primary Election Day.
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