2016 is the 10th anniversary of Early Voting in Illinois
Early Voting for the March 15 Presidential Primary Election began on Monday, with Cook County Clerk David Orr’s office and the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners kicking things off with an announcement and demonstration of early voting at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago.
Noah Praetz, Director of Elections for the Cook County Clerk’s office, and Marisel Hernandez, Chicago Board of Election Commissioners Chairwoman, spoke of the growth and importance of early voting and detailed how voters can vote before Election Day.
“The clerk’s office has worked to make sure that no voters are too far away from an early voting site – our 43 sites are located in accessible and convenient village halls, community centers, and Cook County courthouses,” Praetz said.
By 2 p.m. on Monday, 5,081 suburban Cook County voters had already voted, surpassing the total number of first day early voters in the 2014 and 2012 Primary elections combined.
Orr led the fight for early voting in Illinois, resulting in its passage in the state legislature in 2005. Prior to 2006, when early voting went into effect in Illinois, voters had to provide an excuse to vote before election day, such as they were physically incapacitated or they were out of the country.
Suburban Cook County voters can vote early at any one of the 43 early voting sites throughout suburban Cook County, in addition to the Clerk’s main office at 69 W. Washington St., Chicago.
Cook County residents who missed the voter registration deadline for this election can still register, at any of the early voting sites. During this grace period, voters not yet registered must provide two forms of identification – one with current address – to register, and they must vote in person at the time that they register.
Suburban Cook County voters can find a map and list of the Early Voting locations and their hours at cookcountyclerk.com/earlyvoting.
A video of the press conference can be viewed on Orr’s YouTube page.