Voter registration deadline looms

January 2, 2008
Press Release

With less than a week before registration closes, Cook County Clerk David Orr reminds Cook County residents who want to vote in the Feb. 5 Presidential Primary Election to register by the Jan. 8 deadline.

Orr reminds voters who have recently moved that they must re-register at their current address prior to the deadline.

To receive a voter registration application, individuals living in suburban Cook County can print an application form by visiting or request one by mail by calling the Clerk’s office at 312-603-0906. Chicago residents can visit for information.

After completing the application, prospective voters should return it to the Cook County Clerk’s office, 69 W. Washington St., Room 500, Chicago, IL 60602. All applications must be delivered or postmarked by Jan. 8.

Residents wishing to register in person can visit Orr’s office at 69 W. Washington St., 5th Floor, Chicago or one of the Clerk’s offices located in the five suburban Cook County courthouses. They can also go to their municipal or township clerk’s office. Suburban Cook County Clerk’s Office locations:

  • North suburbs: 5600 W. Old Orchard Rd., Room 149, Skokie
  • Northwest suburbs: 2121 Euclid Ave., Room 238, Rolling Meadows
  • West suburbs: 1311 Maybrook Square, Room 109, Maywood
  • South suburbs: 16501 S. Kedzie Ave., Room 238, Markham
  • Southwest suburbs: 10220 S. 76th Ave., Room 238, Bridgeview

Prospective voters should bring two pieces of identification to register, including one displaying a current address (a bill mailed to the prospective voter may serve as one form of ID).

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

The Clerk’s office will send a voter identification card to each voter after the applications are processed. The card lists each voter’s precinct information and voting districts.

Those who miss the regular registration deadline will still be able to vote if they register during the 14-day grace period. Grace-period registration runs from Jan. 9 through Jan. 22.

There is only one way and one place to register during the 14-day grace period. Unregistered voters must sign up to vote in person at the Clerk's downtown Chicago office: 69 W. Washington St., Room 500. You must show two pieces of identification to register.

Grace-period voters must vote absentee. You can vote in person at the Clerk's downtown office immediately after signing up to vote or receive an absentee ballot by mail that you can complete at home and return to the Clerk's office before Election Day.

Grace-period registrants are not allowed to vote at the polls on Election Day or vote at any early voting site.