Suburban voters can check on their registration status, polling places, and more through Your Voter Information tool.
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.
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. The IDs do not have to be a photo ID, but one must include your current address.
If you have an Illinois driver’s license or state ID, you may register online through the Illinois State Board of Elections website.
If you do not have a driver’s license or state ID, fill out a form, sign and mail it in.
- In Person
Eligible suburban Cook County residents can also register to vote in person with a certified registrar by going to:
- Forest Park Village Clerk’s office
- One of the Cook County Clerk’s six locations
- An Illinois Secretary of State’s driver’s license facility. You can register to vote when you obtain or renew your driver’s license or state identification card at any of the license facilities. Registration is also available at other state government offices, including public assistance offices and military recruitment offices.
For voter information in Chicago and the rest of Illinois visit the Illinois State Board of Elections.
Deputy registrars: Trained volunteer deputy registrars assist voters during elections.
Key dates for the March 17, 2020 Presidential Primary Election:
|February 18, 2020||Voter registration closes for deputy registrars and local election officials|
|February 19, 2020||First day of grace period registration and voting (Will update in January 2019)|
|March 1, 2020||Last day to register to vote by online application|
|March 2, 2020||First day of early voting (Will update in January 2019)|
|March 12, 2020||Last day to request a mail ballot, including military and overseas voters|
|March 16, 2020||Last day of early voting (Will update in January 2019)|
|March 16, 2020||Last day of grace period registration and voting (Will update in January 2019)|
|March 16, 2020||Last day mail ballots can be postmarked|
|March 17, 2020||Election Day|
For more information on key dates and elections stages, visit the Cook County Clerk website
For the March 17, 2020 Presidential Primary Election, traditional Early Voting will take place March 2-16. Early Voting locations and hours can be found here in mid-January.
For An Informed Electorate
Ballotready.org: Aggregates and links to original sources content from candidate’s websites, social media, endorsers and board of elections.
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.