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Multiple candidates running for certain offices triggered the necessity of a Primary Election for Mayor, City, Clerk, Fourth Ward Alderman and Eighth Ward Alderman.

The Primary Election will be held on Feb. 23. Early voting begins on Feb. 8 and continues through Feb. 22, the day before the Primary Election. The early voting site in Evanston will be the Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.

Grace-period registration and voting begins Jan. 27 and ends Feb. 22. Online voter registration closes Feb. 7.

Mail-in voting is also available, and it is necessary to apply for a ballot for each election – the Feb. 23 Primary Election and the April 6 General Election separately. Mail-in ballot applications for each are now being accepted.  Any registered suburban Cook County voter with a driver’s license, state ID or social security number on file may request a mail ballot using an online or paper application. Applications are available at https://www.cookcountyclerkil.gov/agency/vote-mail. The last day to request a mail-in ballot is Feb. 18, and the last day mail-in ballots can be posted is Feb. 23

Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day in order to be counted.

Those who choose to vote on Election Day will vote at their assigned polling place. Anyone wanting to know where to vote may go to ova.elections.il.gov and click on “Polling Place Lookup.”  To register to vote, you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • At least 18 years old by the general election
  • A resident of your precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day

You also must display two pieces of identification. Neither needs to be a photo ID, but one must include your current address. Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • 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
  • Lease or rental contract

In Illinois, you do not declare affiliation with a political party when you register to vote. In primary elections, you must choose to vote a specific political party ballot.

Mary Gavin

Mary Gavin is the founder of the Evanston RoundTable. After 23 years as its publisher and manager, she helped transition the RoundTable to nonprofit status in 2021. She continues to write, edit, mentor...