More than 2,100 people have already voted early
Early Voting began today at 52 sites throughout suburban Cook County and downtown Chicago for the April 4, 2017 Consolidated Election. Voters in more than 120 municipalities and 140 school districts will take part in the April 4 Consolidated Election.
As of 2:00 p.m. today, more than 2,100 ballots have been cast throughout Suburban Cook County. Early Voting sites leading the way included: Lynwood Senior Youth Center (145 ballots cast); Evanston Civic Center (134 ballots cast); Melrose Park Village Hall (106 ballots cast); Thornton Township Hall (87 ballots cast).
Suburban Cook County voters can find a list of the Early Voting locations and their hours at cookcountyclerk.com/EarlyVoting. The sites include 51 in suburban Cook County, as well as the Cook County Clerk’s downtown Chicago office.
Cook County Clerk David Orr reminds voters of the importance of local elections.
“The issues that are decided in local elections – how tax money is spent, if taxes are raised, if new libraries or sports facilities are built, for instance – and who makes these decisions, have a direct impact on the lives of suburban Cook County residents every day,” Orr said.
More than 2,500 candidates countywide are running for office in the Consolidated Election, for offices that include mayor, village clerk, school board member, highway commissioner, township trustee, park and library district board member.
Voters will also face ballot questions that include term limits on local offices, minimum wage increases, and bond issues.
Suburban Cook County voters can vote early at any one of the 51 Early Voting sites throughout suburban Cook County, in addition to the Clerk’s main office at 69 W. Washington St., Chicago. All Early Voting sites are open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., including the five suburban courthouses. A handful of sites are open until 7 p.m. on select days – voters should check the Clerk’s website for hours and locations.
Early Voters do not need an excuse to vote early, nor do they need an ID to vote early.
Orr also encourages voters to take advantage of Mail Voting. Any registered voter can request a mail ballot, until March 30. Mail ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, April 4.
Cook County residents who missed the voter registration deadline for this election can still register, at any of the Early Voting sites. During this Grace Period, voters not yet registered must provide two forms of identification – one with current address – to register, and they must vote in person at the time that they register. A government-issued photo ID is not required to vote early.
Suburban Cook County voters can find a list of the Early Voting locations and their hours at cookcountyclerk.com/EarlyVoting. Early Voting ends on Monday, April 3.
Voters who cast a ballot during Early Voting may not vote on Election Day or vote by mail.
Residents who are unsure if they are able to vote can use the Your Voter Information tool on the Clerk’s website to check a sample ballot and find their polling place.