Cook County Clerk David Orr would like to remind residents of suburban Cook County who have not registered to vote that the deadline for voter registration is Tuesday, Feb. 18. Residents must register by next Tuesday in order to vote in the upcoming March 18 Gubernatorial Primary Election.
“Registering to vote is the first step toward civic participation,” Orr said. “Don’t forget to update your registration if you’ve moved or changed your name.”
The 2014 Primary Election is the first in Illinois to allow 17-year-olds to vote, as long as they will be 18 by the November 4, 2014 General Election. Nearly 1,000 17-year-old students in suburban Cook County have registered thus far during voter registration drives at their schools.
“This expansion of voter registration will allow more young people to participate than ever before,” Orr said. “If we believe one vote is powerful—imagine the difference thousands of students can have.”
Voters can verify their registration status by using the “Your Voter Information” tool at cookcountyclerk.com or at m.cookcountyclerk.com if using a smartphone or tablet. By entering their information, a voter can learn if they are registered, where to vote on March 18, and which candidates will appear on their ballot.
Voter registration applications for suburban Cook County residents can be found at cookcountyclerk.com. Chicago residents should visit chicagoelections.com for more information.
Any resident wishing to register in person can do so by visiting the Clerk’s office downtown, 69 W. Washington St., Fifth floor, Chicago, their municipal or township office, or one of the Clerk’s five suburban offices:
- Southwest suburbs: 10220 S. 76th Ave., Room 238, Bridgeview
- South suburbs: 16501 S. Kedzie Ave., Room 238, Markham
- West suburbs: 1311 Maybrook Square, Room 104, Maywood
- Northwest suburbs: 2121 Euclid Ave., Room 238, Rolling Meadows
- North suburbs: 5600 W. Old Orchard Road, Room 149, Skokie
In order to register, applicants must have two pieces of identification, including one containing a current address.
To qualify to vote a resident must be a United States citizen, at least 18 years old by the General Election (Nov. 4) and a resident of his or her precinct for at least 30 days prior to the election. Voters who have recently moved must re-register at their current address prior to the deadline.
Early Voting will be held March 3-15. Mail ballot applications are now being accepted.