“Last Chance” Voter Drive Slated For Suburbs

September 27, 2002
Press Release

The Cook County Clerk’s office will register voters at more than 100 Dominick’s Finer Foods and Jewel-Osco stores throughout suburban Cook County, Clerk David Orr announced today.

Grocery Day, the one-day registration drive, will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 5. Prospective voters must present two forms of identification, including one displaying a current address (a bill addressed to the registrant will suffice).

Tuesday, October 8 is the final day people can register to vote for the November 5 general election.

In addition to registering voters, instruction and demonstration on how to properly cast a valid ballot will be available. Officials will also hand out voting instruction guides that explain new Election Day procedures and emphasize proper voting technique.

“The weekend voter drive offers people with busy schedules – many of whom do not begin thinking about elections until the last minutes – a quick and convenient opportunity to register,” Orr said. “The demonstration on how to properly cast a ballot will build voter confidence and reduce confusion in the polling place.”

Grocery Day also provides voters who have recently moved the opportunity to re-register at their current address, Orr said. Voters who have moved or changed their name must re-register to be eligible to vote in November.

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 same voting precinct at least 30 days prior to the election.

In addition to registering on Grocery Day, Chicago and suburban Cook County residents can also download a voter registration application form from the Internet, Orr said.

The Cook County Clerk’s election website www.voterinfonet.com (for suburban Cook County residents) and the Chicago Board’s website www.chicagoelections.com (for Chicago residents) offer blank registration forms that prospective voters can print out. Completed applications must be mailed to the election authority no later than October 8.

Orr noted people can also register to vote at local municipal and village halls, at his downtown office (69 W. Washington St., Suite 500) or at one of the five Clerk’s offices located at suburban courthouses.

Voters may check to verify if they are registered to vote by clicking to the “Check Your Registration” link on the Clerk’s website www.voterinfonet.com or by calling (312) 603-0906.

For more information, voters can call the Elections Department at (312) 603-0906.