Internet makes it easy to sign up to vote

September 12, 2002
Press Release

Voter registration is now just a computer click away.

Chicago and suburban Cook County residents wanting to sign up to vote for the November 5 general election can download a voter registration application form from the Internet, Cook County Clerk David Orr and Chicago Board of Elections Chairman Langdon Neal announced today.

The Cook County Clerk’s election website ( and the Chicago Board’s website ( now offer blank registration forms that prospective voters can print out. Applicants must mail the completed forms to the election authority no later than October 8, 2002 – the state’s voter registration deadline.

"With just a few clicks, computer users can take the first step in participating in the electoral process by downloading a registration application," Orr said. "Signing up to vote has never been so convenient."

"This is just another step in our efforts to expedite and simplify the voter registration process," said Neal. "You can qualify to vote without even leaving your house."

The action by Chicago and Cook County marks the first time an election authority in Illinois has made registration forms available online.

Residents living in suburban Cook County who want to sign up to vote should log on to the Clerk’s website at and click on the Register To Vote icon. After printing out the form and filling it out, they should return it to the Cook County Clerk’s office at 69 W. Washington St., Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60602.

Chicago residents can log on to and click on the Register To Vote By Mail link to print out the form. They should return the completed form to the Chicago Board of Elections at 69 W. Washington St., Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60602.

The registration application forms are available in English, Spanish and Chinese languages.

The Clerk’s office and the Chicago Board will mail each new voter a voter identification card as soon as the person is added to the voting rolls.

Anyone who signs up to vote by mailing a registration form must vote in person the first time they vote. State law prohibits those first-time voters who register by mail from casting a mail-in absentee ballot.

Orr and Neal remind Cook County residents that they can still register to vote through more traditional means, including at driver’s license facilities, libraries, village and township halls or with the help of a deputized voter registrar.

To qualify to vote, a person must be: a U.S. citizen; at least 18 years old by Election Day (Nov. 5); and a resident of the precinct for at least 30 days prior to the election.

Voters do not have to re-register unless they have moved since the last election. Suburban Cook County residents wanting to verify their registration can do so by logging on to In Chicago, voters can verify their registration at

For more information, suburban Cook County residents can call the Cook County Clerk’s office at (312) 603-0906; Chicago residents can call the Chicago Board of Elections at (312) 269-7900.