David Orr, Cook County Clerk

The Next Election is the
Gubernatorial Election on
November 4, 2014. Are you ready?

The Cook County Clerk’s office is eager to see college students register, vote and serve on Election Day.


Registering to vote is simple and easy. While there are often registration opportunities on campus, you can take matters into your own hands by registering to vote online or with a mail-in registration form. You can also learn how to get your friends and classmates registered to vote.

Voter qualificationsWhere and how to register ●  When to re-registerHow do I know I’m registered?Grace period registration Dates and deadlines


Cast your ballot! Make your voice heard! Voting should be a source of pride for students. Cookcountyclerk.com can help you find your polling place and preview your ballot.  However you don’t necessarily have to vote on Election Day.  Anyone can vote during early voting or cast a ballot by mail.

Serving on Election Day

The Clerk’s office is eager to have college students serve in our suburban Cook County polling places. Students get paid to serve their community on Election Day, while also getting a behind the scenes look at the democratic process. Students can earn either $175 for assisting voters as an Election Judge or $300 for assisting voters and operating the voting equipment as an Equipment Manager.

Click here to learn more and apply online

For more information or assistance contact Mark Mesle at 312.603.0988 or mark.mesle@cookcountyil.gov.



Serving on Election Day isn't easy, but it is habit forming. Of the students we surveyed who had served during the November 2012 Presidential Election:

  • 92% would be willing to serve again (7% said perhaps, only 1% said no)
  • 77% referred a family member or friend to the position
  • 74% can envision themselves serving throughout their life
  • 75% are now more likely to vote in the future

Why do students keep coming back?

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