WHERE TO REGISTER
Cook County Clerk Website
The Cook County Clerk’s office is the election authority for more than 120 towns and villages in suburban Cook County.
For voter information in Chicago and the rest of Illinois visit the Illinois State Board of Elections website.
To register to vote, you must be:
- A U.S. citizen
- At least 18 years old by the general election
- A resident of your precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day
You also must display two pieces of identification, one which must include your current address. Acceptable forms of ID include:
- Illinois driver’s license
- Illinois state ID
- Employee or student ID
- Credit card
- Social security card
- Birth certificate
- Utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other governmental document that shows applicant’s name and address
- Mail postmarked to the applicant
- Valid U.S. passport
- Public aid ID card
- Lease or rental contract
In Illinois, you do not declare affiliation with a political party when you register to vote. In primary elections, you may choose to vote a specific political party ballot on Primary Election Day.
KEY DATES FOR THE GENERAL ELECTION: NOVEMBER 6, 2018
You can register online, in person or you can download registration forms and register through the mail.
Sep 27: First day for early voting for the General Election
Oct 9: Last day to register by paper application
Oct 10: First day for grace period registration and voting
Oct 21: Last day to register to vote online
Nov 5: Last day for early voting for the General Election
Nov 6: Last day for grace period registration and voting
Use your Voter Information Tool to:
- Verify your voter registration
- Find your polling place
- See your sample ballot, when available
- See a list of your elected officials and their contact information
- Check your mail ballot status
You can also find voter information through the Illinois State Board of Elections website
ABSENTEE & EARLY VOTING
If you will not be able to visit your polling place on Election Day, you may submit an absentee ballot or vote early at one of several locations throughout the county. To find information about absentee voting, voting early, and voting by mail, please visit the Cook County Clerk Early Voting Information website.
LOCAL ELECTION RESULTS
Local election results are posted on the following websites:
FOR AN INFORMED ELECTORATE
C-SPAN Video Library: Historical content such as debates, speeches, and rallies.
Factcheck.org: Accuracy of candidate statements.
Federal Election Commission: Campaign spending reports filed by House and Presidential campaigns, Parties, and PACs.
League of Women Voters: Information about candidates and key issues.
Opensecrets.org: Campaign finance laws and who is donating to whom.
Votesmart.org: Background, views, votes, and campaign contributors for current office holders.