Suburban Cook County voters should verify their polling places before going to vote tomorrow in the Presidential Primary Election, Cook County Clerk David Orr said Monday. 

“With redistricting came some polling place changes, so make sure you review your new voter registration card or check your precinct information online,” Mr. Orr said. He noted that voters may see unfamiliar candidates and districts on the ballot, also due to redistricting. 

All 1.4 million suburban Cook County voters were mailed a new voter registration card last month. While voters are not required to show the card before voting, it lists a lot of useful information including the voter’s precinct, polling location and voting districts. 

Voters can also visit to check their registration, precinct, polling place and sample ballot. 

Orr offered these other Election Day tips and reminders:

  • Polling places are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Polling places are least crowded between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Anyone in line when polls close at 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote.
  • Voters will have a choice of voting on a touch screen or with a paper ballot.
  • Any voter who voted during Early Voting or by mail ballot cannot vote on Election Day.

Already 32,384 suburban Cook County voters cast ballots during Early Voting from Feb. 27-March 15 (More Early Voting data is available online). About 13,000 suburban Cook County voters have requested mail ballots. 

Election Data

Quick facts for the March 20, 2012 Presidential Primary are online and below. Find more election data online, including: Voter Registration by Township; Turnout History; Early Voting by Year & Party; and Post-Election Reports from 2008 and 2010.

 Election Results

Cook County’s results, which include suburban Cook County but not Chicago, will be available at: 

After polls close on Election Night, the Cook County Clerk’s office tabulates and displays vote totals that include: all early votes; all mail ballots received by Election Day; and all ballots cast in the precincts on Election Day. Precinct- and township-level results are not available on Election Night. 

After Election Day, the clerk’s office tabulates all mail ballots received within two weeks of Election Day if they are post-marked by March 20 and all provisional ballots that are verified. By statute, Illinois election authorities have up to three weeks to certify election results.