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The League of Women Voters of Evanston, Cook County Clerk, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Evanston City Clerk, Latino Resources, Northwestern University, Organization for Positive Action in Leadership, the North Shore branch of the NAACP and the YWCA Evanston/North Shore have formed the Voter Participation Action Coalition (VPAC). Reflecting a range of organizations, neighborhoods and ethnic groups in Evanston the group will work together in the coming year to increase voter participation in the 2016 spring primary and fall elections.

Evanston citizens are encouraged to exercise their right to vote in this important election year. In addition to the Presidential election, voters will also elect a U.S. Senator, a U.S. Representative (9th District), a State Representative (18th District), Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court, Cook County Recorder, Cook County State’s Attorney, Cook County Board of Review, and three Commissioners of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. 

VPAC organizations are certified by the State of Illinois Board of Elections to register voters and have members trained as deputy registrars by the Cook County Clerk’s office. These volunteers will devote many hours to distributing information and registering voters throughout Evanston.

VPAC has scheduled numerous locations and times for registering those who are not registered at their current address or not registered at all.

Voter Registration Schedule

Jan. 2, 9 a.m. – noon:  McGaw YMCA, 1000 Grove St.

Jan. 9, noon -4 p.m.: Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.

Jan. 16, 10 a.m. – noon:  Washington School Community Breakfast, 914 Ashland Ave.

Jan.16, 9 a.m. – noon:  McGaw YMCA, 1000 Grove St.

Jan. 17, 1-5 p.m.: Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.

Jan. 25, 10 a.m. – noon and 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Oakton Community College, 7701 N. Lincoln Ave., Skokie

Jan. 26, 10 a.m. – noon and 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Oakton Community College, 7701 N. Lincoln Ave., Skokie

Jan. 26, 9-11 a.m.: Starbucks, 1734 Sherman Ave.

Jan. 30, 9 a.m. – noon: McGaw YMCA, 1000 Grove St.

Feb. 2, 2-4 p.m.: Starbucks, 1734 Sherman Ave.

Feb. 4, 7-11 a.m.: Starbucks, 1901 Dempster St. 

Feb. 6, 9 a.m. – noon: McGaw YMCA, 1000 Grove St.

Feb. 10, 7-11 a.m.: Starbucks, 1901 Dempster St.  

Other Registration Opportunities

Residents can register weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the City Clerk’s office in the Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave. Online registration is available at https://ova.elections.il.gov/

Important Dates

Feb 16, Voter registration closes

Feb 17, March 14, Grace period registration and voting

Feb 29, – March 14, Early Voting

March10, Last day to apply for ballot by mail

March 15, Primary Election

Positions are available throughout suburban Cook County for election judges, a position that pays $175.  Positions available in select western and northern suburbs for equipment managers, a position that pays $325.  Training will be provided by the Cook County Clerk’s office. More information is available at www.cookcountyclerk.com or 312-603-5656.