Cook County Clerk David Orr issued a warning to the public today to steer clear of any websites or organizations which offer to register them to vote and require a payment.
“Voting is a right in this country,” Orr emphasized. “You do not have to pay one red cent to register to vote.”
Orr strongly warned voters against a specific Internet site called “iwanttovote.com” which claims to register voters for a $9.95 fee. The site requires a voter to turn over a credit card number and personal information—including part of a social security number or driver’s license number. However, the ‘iwanttovote’ website lists no staff, no phone number or street address.
“In an age of Internet crime and identity theft, the last thing to do is pay for something online that is free from your local county clerk,” added Orr.
Illinois voters can register to vote between now and October 7 for the November 4 presidential election at a variety of local government offices including city clerks and township clerks. The Cook County Clerk has offices where residents of suburban Cook County can register to vote at 69 W. Washington, Suite 500, in downtown Chicago and at five suburban courthouse mini-centers.
Suburban Cook County residents can also download a voter registration form at no cost at www.voterinfonet.com. Instructions on filling and mailing the form are also on the website.
Orr reminded voters to sign up to vote soon. “The presidential election will be here before you know it. Early Voting starts on October 13.”
Helpful information on how to vote, polling place locations and addresses is also available on voterinfonet, the Cook County Clerk’s award-winning website. Residents of other counties can find links to their local clerks at the Illinois State Board of Elections’ website. Early Voting will be offered from October 13-30 at 44 sites in the Cook County suburbs. Any suburban Cook resident with a government-issued photo ID will be able to vote at any of the sites, without needing to provide an excuse. Sites will be listed on www.cookcountyclerk.com.