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Early Voting for Suburban Cook County Voters


For the April 4, 2017 Consolidated Election, traditional Early Voting will take place March 20-April 3. Early Voting locations for the April 4, 2017 Consolidated Election can be found here.

February 23 - The statutory beginning of the "Early Voting" period at the Cook County Clerk's office, 69 W. Washington, Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60602. 

We anticipate that ballots will not be available at the beginning of this period. The ballots will be available no later than March 8 - the beginning of Grace Period - by which time most challenges seeking to remove candidates from the ballot should have been decided and we have been able to prepare voting equipment.

It is possible that ballots may be available prior to March 8 so please check our website for more information. Anyone who appears to vote at our downtown location before ballots are ready will be given an application for a mail ballot.

Locations and hours will be determined closer to the date of the election. 

What do you need to Early Vote?

  1. Voters do not need to provide an excuse or reason why they cannot vote on Election Day.
  2. Government-issued photo ID is not required but is helpful if there is a question about the voter's registration, address or signature.  Providing an ID can also speed up the process because we have ID card readers at every check-in station.

You can Register to Vote at ALL Early Vote Sites. NOTE: Any voter who needs to register for the first time or file an address change must present two forms of ID, one of which shows the voter's current address.

Voting equipment

Early Voting is conducted on touch screens that store every ballot style in the county, permitting any voter in suburban Cook to vote at any location.

Ballot secrecy

Your ballot will remain secret and securely stored.

Early Voting records

The names of the early voters are available to the public and are updated each day during Early Voting. Please call (312) 603-0900 for early voting information.

In-person voting only

Voters who participate in Early Voting must vote in person.