You Can Still Register to Vote

October 22, 2010
Press Release

If you missed the regular voter registration deadline you still have five days left to register to vote, Cook County Clerk David Orr reminded voters on Friday.

Grace-period registration allows eligible citizens a chance to register to vote even though the Oct.5 regular voter registration deadline has lapsed. 

"As of Oct. 21, we have had 658 grace-period registrants in suburban Cook County. We encourage more to participate," said Orr.

Eligible suburban Cook County residents who can participate in grace-period registration are:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • At least 18 years old by Election Day
  • A resident of  their precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day

"We won't ask you for an excuse or reason as to why you didn't make the regular voter registration deadline," said Orr.
For the November 2, 2010 Gubernatorial Election, grace-period registration and voting will continue through Oct. 26 at the Clerk's downtown office (69 W. Washington, Chicago) and our five suburban mini-centers.
Please note, two valid forms of identification are required for grace-period registration, such as a current Illinois Drivers License and social security card.
Grace-period registrants are not eligible to vote at the polls on Election Day or through Early Voting.
 All grace-period voters will vote immediately after registration on a touch screen voting machine.