David Orr, Cook County Clerk

Early Voting for Suburban Cook County Voters


For the March 15, 2016 Presidential Primary Election, traditional Early Voting will take place February 29 - March 14. Early Voting locations can be found here.

Feb 4 - The statutory beginning of the "Early Voting" period at the Cook County Clerk's office, 69 W. Washington, Chicago.

We anticipate that ballots will not be available at the beginning of this period.  The ballots will be available no later than February 17 - 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 February 17 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.

Feb 17 - The beginning of Grace Period at the office of the Cook County Clerk and the Five Courthouses. People needing to vote in person have access to a ballot at this point.  Note that the facilities are not equipped for crowds and should be used only for grace period and critical voting situations for voters who cannot otherwise get access to the ballot. 

Feb 29 - The beginning of Early Voting at all 43 suburban sites. 

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 or name 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.