Grace-Period Voter Registration Ends Tuesday

January 18, 2008
Press Release

Individuals who want to vote in the February 5, 2008 Presidential Primary Election and missed the January 8 regular registration deadline have one last chance to register to vote, according to Cook County Clerk David Orr’s office. Grace-period registration runs through Tuesday, January 22 at the election authority’s headquarters only. Anyone not registered by that time will be unable to vote in the primary.

“Everyone who wants to vote in the February Primary but is not registered must come downtown between now and Tuesday,” said Orr.

Grace-period registrants living in suburban Cook County must register in-person at 69 W. Washington in downtown Chicago, on the 5th floor. The law also requires a person who registers during the grace period to vote in-person absentee immediately after they register, or to receive an absentee ballot by mail. Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by February 4.

All grace-period registrants are encouraged to cast their ballots on touch screens immediately after registering, just like early voters. “We’d hate for anyone to forget a stamp or rush through their mail-in absentee ballot because they were sending it in last-minute,” said Orr.

Voters living in suburban Cook County can access their sample ballots from the homepage. Voters are permitted to bring a copy of their ballot, along with any notes, with them to vote.

Grace-period registrants are not allowed to vote at the polls on Election Day or vote at any Early Voting site.

So far, 300 suburban Cook County residents have taken advantage of grace-period registration and voting, noted Orr.

Grace-period registration and voting hours are as follows for the final four days:

  • Saturday, Jan. 19: 8:30 am to 5 pm
  • Sunday, Jan. 20: 9 am to 12 pm
  • Monday, Jan. 21: 8:30 am to 5 pm
  • Tuesday, Jan. 22: 8:30 am to 7 pm

All grace-period registration for suburban Cook County voters takes place on the 5th floor at 69 W. Washington.