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On April 4, 2017 elections will take place in approximately 128 municipalities and 145 school districts in suburban Cook County.

The decisions made by local public officials impact our lives every day.

With the upcoming Consolidated Election on April 4, the Clerk's office has a new initiative highlighting to local voters the importance of their vote, especially when it comes to the governing of their own communities. This campaign is centered around the phrase “Be Vocal. #VoteLocal.” In ads and videos, Clerk Orr’s office stresses to eligible voters that so many parts of their everyday lives, be it the crossing guard at the local school, the village animal shelter where families adopt their new best friends, or the first responders who always answer the call, are all affected by the budgets set by local units of government.

When voters take part in their local elections, they are part of the decision-making process. When concerned and engaged citizens take the first steps to run for office, they’re helping generate interest among voters and contributing to the vitality of our democratic process.

On this page you'll find the resources that comprise this campaign and information you need to spread the word to your communities to "Be Vocal. #VoteLocal."

Date Event
12/20/2017 First day to apply for a mail ballot
2/8/2018 Statutory beginning of the early voting period
2/20/2018 Last day to register to vote by paper application
2/21/2018 First day of grace period registration and voting
3/4/2018 Last day to register to vote by online application
3/5/2018 First day of early voting
3/15/2018 Last day to request a mail ballot, including military and overseas voters
3/19/2018 Last day of early voting
3/19/2018 Last day of grace period registration and voting
3/20/2018 Last day mail ballots can be postmarked
3/20/2018 Election Day


178 Days
Until your next local election, the March 20, 2018 Gubernatorial Primary Election.