Applications for absentee ballots are now available for the February 5, 2008 Presidential Primary Election, announced Cook County Clerk David Orr.
“Absentee voting is a convenient way of casting a ballot if you’re unable to make it to your polling place on Election Day, and if you can’t make it to the polls during the early voting period, which is January 14 through 31,” Orr said.
To vote absentee, you must, by law, have a reason why you cannot make it to your polling place on Election Day. In most cases, voters vote absentee if they will be out of town during the election or if they are physically disabled.
“Early Voting gives voters a two-week window prior to Election Day to cast their ballots at a polling place. Voters who choose to vote early at one of our 44 Early Voting locations must bring a government-issued photo ID and use an electronic touchscreen machine to cast a ballot. Early Voting information can be found at www.voterinfonet.com,” Orr said.
Absentee applications are available at www.voterinfonet.com or at the Clerk’s downtown office, 69 W. Washington St., fifth floor, Chicago.
To vote absentee, you must be a registered voter, have a valid reason or excuse for voting absentee, and have submitted a completed application. (Early Voting requires no excuse.)
Once your absentee ballot application is received, the Clerk’s office will verify your eligibility and compare your signature on the application to the signature on your voter registration record before issuing a ballot. Applications must be submitted to the Clerk’s office by January 31.