For the most current voting information, please visit the Cook County Clerk’s Website.
If you are already registered to vote, you may check your voter registration status here, as well as your polling place location and the elected officials for your precinct.
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 you are a newlywed, check out this special flyer that describes how to keep your voter registration accurate and valid.
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.
Online – Deadline of March 4 for the March 20, 2018 Primary Election
- If you have an Illinois driver’s license or state ID, you may register online through the Illinois State Board of Elections website.
PDF – Deadline of February 20 for the March 20, 2018 Primary Election
- If you do not have a driver’s license or state ID, fill out a form online, print, sign and mail it in.
Paper – Deadline of February 20 for the March 20, 2018 Primary Election
- If you don’t have a driver’s license or state ID, download a mail-in voter registration card, print, fill out, sign and mail it in.
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In Person – Deadline of February 20 for the March 20, 2018 Election
Eligible suburban Cook County residents can also register to vote in person with a certified registrar by going to:
(3) 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.
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.
Grace Period Registration and Voting: February 21 – March 19 for the March 20, 2018 Primary 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.
On Election Day, voters who are not registered to vote can register and vote at their home precinct only. 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.
Voters planning on registering to vote or updating their address on Election Day must bring two pieces of identification to register, one with a current address.
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 must choose to vote a specific political party ballot.
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No ID is needed when:
(1) The voter is already registered at the voter’s current address and is voting in the correct precinct.
(2) Signature appears to match the voter signature on file.
(3) Election Judges do not challenge the person’s right to vote.
1 Form of ID
One (1) Form of ID with voter’s current address is needed when:
(1) Election Judges challenge the person’s right to vote.
(2) Voter submitted mail-in registration form that did not have Illinois identification/driver’s license number or Social Security number.
(3) Examples of acceptable ID are listed above.
2 Forms of ID
Two (2) Forms of ID are needed when:
(1) The voter is registering in person after the voter registration deadline, including in the voter’s home precinct on Election Day.
(2) The voter is filing an address change in person after the voter registration deadline, including in the voter’s home precinct on Election Day.
(3) One of these two IDs must list the voter’s current address. Examples of acceptable ID are listed above.
Ways To Vote
There are three ways to cast a ballot in suburban Cook County for the 2018 Elections. Eligible voters can participate in Early Voting, Vote By Mail or on Election Day at their assigned polling place.
Traditional Early Voting will take place March 5-19 for the March 20, 2018 Primary Election.
Voters can cast a ballot at any one of the Clerk’s 52 Early Voting sites. For more detailed information about early voting locations and hours, please consult the Cook County Clerk’s website.
As a reminder, voters who participate in Early Voting must vote in person.
Mail Ballot applications for the March 20, 2018 Primary Election will be accepted starting December 20, 2017. For more detailed information about voting by mail, please consult the Cook County Clerk’s website.
Any registered suburban Cook County voter with a driver’s license, state ID or social security number on file may request a mail ballot using an online or paper application.
Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day (March 20) in order to be counted.
Registered suburban Cook County voters can only vote in their home precinct on Election Day.
Residents who are not registered to vote may register and cast a ballot on Election Day thanks to same-day registration and voting. Those who wish to register on Election Day must present two qualifying forms of ID.
Registered and unregistered Cook County residents can find their assigned polling place with the Your Voter Information tool.
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