With one week before regular registration closes, Cook County Clerk David Orr reminds eligible citizens who want to vote in the Nov. 2, 2010 Gubernatorial General Election to register by the Oct. 5 deadline.
"If you want to vote on Nov. 2, you must be registered," Orr said. "Voting is a privilege and crucial to our system of democracy."
To register to vote, you must be: a U.S. citizen; at least 18 years old by Election Day; and a resident of your precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day. Voters who have recently moved must re-register at their current address prior to the deadline.
If you want to verify your registration status, use the "Your Voter Information
" tool on cookcountyclerk.com
. By entering your information, you can learn if you are registered, where you will vote on Nov. 2 and which candidates will appear on your ballot.
Suburban Cook County voters can print a mail-in voter registration application from the Clerk's website, cookcountyclerk.com
, or request one by calling (312) 603-0906. Applications are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Polish.
After completing the application, prospective voters should return it to the Cook County Clerk's office, 69 W. Washington St., Fifth Floor, Chicago, IL 60602. All applications must be delivered or postmarked by Oct. 5.
Residents wishing to register in person can visit the Clerk's downtown office (69 W. Washington St., Fifth Floor, Chicago), their municipal or township clerk's office, or one of the Clerk's suburban courthouse locations
· North suburbs: 5600 W. Old Orchard Road, 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. Chicago residents should visit chicagoelections.com
for more information.