Those who missed the Oct. 7 regular voter registration deadline can still vote if they register during the 14-day grace period from Oct. 8-21.
Within minutes of the opening of the grace period registration Wednesday morning, Des Plaines resident Lauren Popko van Holten registered and voted at the Cook County Clerk's downtown office, 69 W. Washington. Popko van Holten was abroad for the last presidential election and voted by absentee ballot. Having married since the last election, Popko van Holten recently returned from the Netherlands where she was studying abroad and needed to re-register with her new name.
"I'm so happy and I feel really fortunate that I got to do this today," she said.
During grace period registration, voters must register and vote in person at the Clerk's downtown Chicago office (69 W. Washington St., Fifth Floor) or at one of the Clerk's five suburban mini-centers:
- North suburbs: Skokie Courthouse, 5600 W. Old Orchard Road, Room 149
- Northwest suburbs: Rolling Meadows Courthouse, 2121 Euclid Ave., Room 238
- West suburbs: Whitcomb Building (near Maywood courthouse), 1311 Maybrook Square, Room 109, Maywood
- South suburbs: Markham Courthouse, 16501 S. Kedzie Ave., Room 238
- Southwest suburbs: Bridgeview Courthouse, 10220 S. 76th Ave., Room 238
The hours are as follows: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 8-10, 13-17, and 20-21; 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 11-12, 19; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 18.
Immediately after signing up to vote, grace period registrants use touch screen voting equipment to cast their ballot. Registrants must show two pieces of identification to register. Grace period registrants are not allowed to vote at the polls on Election Day or vote at any Early Voting site.