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Eligible citizens who want to vote in the Feb. 2 primary election, but who are not registered to vote, must register by the Jan. 5 deadline, said Cook County Clerk David Orr. In the primary election, voters will select the Democratic and Republican candidates for many state and local offices. In one hotly contested race affecting Evanston, five Evanston residents are seeking to be the Democratic candidate for state representative of the 18th district.

“Most people are still in holiday mode, but the window to participate in this important election is quickly and quietly closing,” said Mr. Orr. 

To register to vote, persons must be: a U.S. citizen; at least 18 years old by Election Day; and a resident of their precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day. Voters who have recently moved must re-register at their current address prior to the deadline. 

Persons may verity their registration status, by using the “Your Voter Information” tool on Person may learn if they are registered, where they will vote on Feb. 2 and which candidates will appear on their ballot. 

Suburban Cook County voters can print a mail-in voter registration application from the Clerk’s website,, or request one by calling 312.603.0906. Applications are available in English, Spanish and Chinese.

After completing the application, prospective voters should return it to the Cook County Clerk’s office, 69 W. Washington St., Fifth Floor, Chicago, IL 60602. All applications must be delivered or postmarked by Jan. 5. 

Residents wishing to register in person can visit the Clerk’s downtown office (69 W. Washington St., Fifth Floor, Chicago), their municipal or township clerk’s office, or one of a number of the Clerk’s suburban locations, including the Skokie Courthouse, 5600 W. Old Orchard Road, Room 149. Prospective voters should bring two pieces of identification to register, including one displaying a current address.