Estimating that some 750,000 eligible voters in Chicago and suburban Cook County are not registered to vote, Cook County Clerk David Orr urged commuters to take advantage of Transit Day to sign up.
"Transit Day enables commuters to add their names to the voting rolls quickly and conveniently on their way to work," said Orr, whose office administers elections in suburban Cook County. "With the governor and all statewide and state legislative seats and many county posts up for grabs, we want to ensure that all qualified residents have the opportunity to participate in the November 5 general election."
Since January, registration in suburban Cook has steadily increased from 1.29 million. Current registration stands at 1.34 million voters, said Orr who estimates that the number will most likely grow to approximately 1.4 million in suburban Cook when registration closes on October 8.
In addition to registering at transit stops on Wednesday, 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 or at his downtown office (69 W. Washington St., Suite 500).
Voters who have moved within suburban Cook or changed their name must re-register to be eligible to vote in November.