Cook County election officials launched Early Voting on Monday,  Jan. 11, which will continue through Jan. 28 for the Feb. 2 Primary Election.  

“From 2006 to 2008, participation in Early Voting increased nearly tenfold, and Chicago and suburban Cook County led the state in Early Voting for the Presidential Election,” Cook County Clerk David Orr said. “Those are clear signs Early Voting’s convenience resonates with voters.” 

Chicago Election Board Chairman Langdon D. Neal said voters do not need a reason or excuse to use Early Voting. “They do need a government-issued photo ID,” Mr. Neal said. “Early Voting lets people vote when and where they want, without risking a scheduling problem or a blizzard on Election Day.” 

During Early Voting, suburban Cook County voters may use any of 42 suburban Cook County sites, plus the County Clerk’s Office at 69 W. Washington Street in Chicago.  All suburban sites are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. A limited number of sites (three in the city and nine in the suburbs) also offer Sunday hours.

One of the suburban early voting sites is the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave. According to the County Clerk’s office, early voting may take place between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.