Voters living in suburban Cook County will soon receive a new voter identification card in the mail that lists their individual voting districts, Cook County Clerk David Orr said today.
Each voter identification card, which is attached to a letter mailed from the Clerk’s office, provides precinct and township information and a listing of congressional, state legislative, county, judicial and local voting districts.
Some voters may notice that some of their voting districts have changed. That’s because the boundaries of certain voting districts were redrawn by lawmakers to reflect the population shifts based on figures from the 2000 U.S. Census.
The mailing also serves as a voter canvass, which helps the Clerk’s office verify the residency of suburban Cook County voters and remove outdated registrations from the voter registration rolls. Keeping cleaner voting lists reduces the possibility of voter fraud and saves taxpayer dollars by reducing the number of ballots and election materials the Clerk’s office prepares for each election.
"Suburban Cook County residents can help us update our records and keep them accurate, which will prevent opportunities to commit voter fraud," Orr said. "Deflating voting rolls by removing ineligible voters is one of the best ways to do that."
People who receive a card addressed to someone who no longer lives at the address should return it to the Clerk’s office by: 1) taping the mailer shut; 2) writing "return to sender" on the front; and 3) dropping it in the mail. The Clerk’s office pays for the postage.
If voters have any questions or need additional assistance, they may call the Clerk’s office at (312) 603-0906. Also, for more election-related information, including polling place locations and the candidates who will appear on the ballot, visit the Clerk’s election website (www.voterinfonet.com).
A court-ordered special election will take place in the 78th Illinois House District on Sept. 10. The next countywide election will take place on Tuesday, November 5, 2002. Voters are not required to display their identification cards at the polling place prior to voting.