Voter registration ends in one week for Feb. 2 primary

December 29, 2009
Press Release

With one week before regular registration closes, Cook County Clerk David Orr reminds eligible citizens who want to vote in the Feb. 2 Gubernatorial Primary Election to register by the Jan. 5 deadline.

“Most people are still in holiday mode, but the window to participate in this important election is quickly and quietly closing,” Orr said.

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 By entering your information, you can learn if you are registered, where you will vote on Feb. 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,, or request one by calling (312) 603-0906. Applications are available in English, Spanish and Chinese.

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 Jan. 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 for more information.