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Grace Period Voting

Grace-period voting for the March 20 primary election begins on Feb. 21, and early voting  will be March 5-19 in the Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave. Weekday hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 5-9; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. March 12-16 and March 19. Weekend hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 10 and 17 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 11 and 18. Polls are open 6 a.m.-7 p.m. on Election Day, March 20.

Photo IDs are not required but helpful if there is a question about address, registration, or signature. It is possible to register to vote at any early voting site; two forms of ID, one of which bears the current address, are needed. Acceptable forms of ID include an Illinois driver’s license, Illinois state ID, employee or student ID, credit card, Social Security card, birth certificate, utility bill in applicant’s name, mail postmarked to the applicant, valid U.S. passport, Public Aid ID card, and lease or rental contract.

Mail Voting

Any registered suburban Cook County voter may apply for a mail ballot. It is no longer necessary to provide a reason. To obtain an application to vote by mail, registered suburban Cook County voters can: a) download and print the mail ballot application (applications are also available in  Spanish, Hindi, and Chinese); b) call the County Clerk’s office, 312-603-0946, to request that an application be mailed; or c) pick one up at any of the Clerk’s six office locations.  Applications must be submitted by mail, certified courier or in person. Applications cannot be accepted by email or fax.

Feb. 20 Last day to register to vote by paper application

Feb. 21 First day of grace period registration and voting

March 4 Last day to register to vote online application

March 5 First day of early voting

March 15 Last day to request a mail ballot, including

   military and overseas voters

March 19 Last day of early voting

March 19 Last day of grace period registration and voting

March 20 Last day mail ballots can be postmarked

March 20 Election Day (Go to your polling locations)