Cook County Clerk David Orr reminds suburban Cook County residents who missed the Oct. 11 traditional voter registration deadline that they can still register online before the October 23 deadline.
Any voter with an Illinois driver’s license or state ID can register to vote online. Qualified applicants must be a United States citizen, at least 18 years old by the Nov. 8 election and a resident of their precinct for at least 30 days prior to the election.
After being signed into law in 2013, online registration has quickly become the preferred form of voter registration in Cook County. In the seven months since the March 2016 Presidential Primary Election, nearly 100,000 suburban Cook County residents have registered to vote online.
Immediately following the October 23 online registration deadline, the Clerk’s office will open its Early Voting sites to all eligible suburban Cook County residents beginning Monday, October 24 through Monday, November 7. Voters do not need to provide a reason in order to cast a ballot prior to Election Day.
Cook County residents who missed previous voter registration deadlines can still register at any of the Clerk’s county-wide Early Voting sites. During this grace period, voters not yet registered must provide two forms of identification, and they must vote in person at the time that they register.
Pre-Election Day Voting in all of its forms has become more popular with each election. The November 2012 Presidential Election surpassed the previous Early Voting record with over 228,000 ballots cast.
Suburban Cook County voters can find a map and list of the Early Voting locations and their hours at CookCountyClerk.com/EarlyVoting.
For more key dates, locations and information regarding the November 8 Presidential Election, visit the Cook County Clerk’s Elections page at www.CookCountyClerk.com/Elections.