Cook County Clerk David Orr announced today Monday, January 14, that Early Voting for the February 5 Presidential Primary has begun. Minutes after making this announcement, Clerk Orr (a Rogers Park resident) cast his ballot at Access Living, a Chicago Early Voting location, at 115 W. Chicago Ave.
Suburban voters are able to vote at any one of 44 sites around suburban Cook.
“Anyone who is registered to vote can vote early,” explained Cook County Clerk David Orr. “You do not have to wait until February 5 to cast your ballot in the Presidential Primary.”
Early Voting runs from January 14-January 31. To vote early, voters must bring a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, state ID or passport.
“If you’re worried about the weather or scheduling conflicts, Early Voting is a great convenience,” Orr noted. “Early Voting sites are open on weekends, which is helpful for people who must work on February 5.”
Unlike absentee voting, no excuse is required to vote early. Early Voting allows people who will be traveling on Election Day to cast their ballots. But people who just want to avoid lines on February 5 can also vote early.
Sites include the five suburban courthouses, the George Dunne Office Building at 69 W. Washington in downtown Chicago, and many suburban village halls.
Orr also reminds voters that Illinois law requires them to select a party preference in primaries like the Presidential Primary. If voters request a non-partisan ballot for this election, no candidates will appear on their ballot. Only referendums (if there are any in their district) appear on non-partisan ballots. Party choice in the primary has no effect on a voter’s ballot for the November Presidential Election.