Apply Online Now to Vote by Mail in the November 3, 2020 Presidential Election

Click here to apply online now to Vote By Mail for the Nov. 3, 2020 Presidential Election. This application is for Suburban Cook County Voters. It’s EASY – takes 2 minutes. You need:

  • Driver’s License or State ID #
  • Last 4 digits of your social security number
  • Address where you want ballot mailed
  • Email address

When you apply online to Vote By Mail, the Cook County Clerk’s office will send you emails:

  • When your ballot is mailed to you,
  • When the Clerk’s office receives your Ballot Return Envelope, and
  • When your ballot has been processed and counted.

They will start mailing ballots in late September / early October 2020.  All Vote By Mail ballots come with postage-paid Ballot Return Envelopes.

New this fall: You may submit the Ballot Return Envelope in a secured drop box at any Cook County Early Voting location!

You may also use standard US mail. If you use standard US mail to send your Ballot Return envelope, you must get a postmark before or on Election Day, Nov. 3.

Questions? Learn more here, call 312.603.0946 or email mail.voting@cookcountyil.gov. Make your home your polling place!


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 the elected officials for your precinct.

When to Re-Register

Your registration is permanent unless you move or change your name.

Address changes

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.

Name changes

If you are changing your name but are not moving—and forget to update your registration—you will be required to fill out an affidavit on Election Day in order to cast your ballot. You will not be able to vote by mail.

If you are legally changing your name at the Secretary of State’s office (www.cyberdriveillinois.com) you can ask them to process a new or updated voter registration.

Recently married?

If you are a newlywed, check out this special flyer that describes how to keep your voter registration accurate and valid.

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 Registration – Sunday, October 18, 2020 is the last day to register by online application for the November 3, 2020 General 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) Register by Mail – Tuesday, October 6, 2020 (postmarked by this date) is the last day to register by paper application for the November 3, 2020 General Election

If you do not have a driver’s license or state ID, fill out a form online, print, sign and mail it in.

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(3) Register in Person – Tuesday, October 6, 2020 is the last day to register in person for the November 3, 2020 Genneral Election

Eligible suburban Cook County residents can also register to vote in person with a certified registrar by going to:

Grace Period Registration and Voting

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.

Election Day Registration and Voting

November 3, 2020 General Election Day Registration and Voting

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.

Voter qualifications

To register to vote, you must be:

  1. A U.S. citizen
  2. At least 18 years old by the general election
  3. 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.

0 Forms of ID

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 below.

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 below.

Acceptable Forms of ID

  •  Passport or Military ID
  •  Driver’s License or State ID card
  •  College/University/School/Work ID
  •  Vehicle registration card
  •  Lease, mortgage or deed to home
  •  Credit or debit card
  •  Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid card
  •  Insurance card
  •  Civic, union or professional membership card
  •  LINK/Public Aid/Department of Human Services card
  •  Illinois FOID card

Examples of first-class mail addressed to voter that can be used as ID:

  •   Bill, Transcript or Report Card from School
  •   Bank Statement, Pay Stub or Pension Statement
  •   Utility, Medical or Insurance Bill
  •   Official mail from any government agency

A voter who needs ID, but who cannot present ID, may cast a Provisional Ballot on Election Day. In order for that Provisional Ballot to be counted, the voter must present ID within 7 days of the election to the Cook County Clerk’s office, 69 W. Washington St., Suite 500, Chicago IL 60602.

There are three ways to cast a ballot in suburban Cook County for the 2020 Elections. Eligible voters can participate in Early Voting, Vote By Mail or on Election Day at their assigned polling place.

Early Voting

For the November 3, 2020 General Election, traditional Early Voting will take place October 19 to November 2.

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.

Vote By Mail

Mail Ballot applications for the November 3, 2020 Presidential Election will be accepted starting June 18, 2020. Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day (November 3) in order to be counted. 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.

Election Day Voting (November 3, 2020)

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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