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 US 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. Online registration will end on October 18, 2020 and reopen November 5, 2020.
If you do not have a driver’s license or state ID, fill out a form, sign and mail it in.
- In Person
COVID-19 has affected the ability to register to vote in person at a variety of locations. Please call first to ensure voter registration is possible.
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 Service not being offered currently (7/20)
- One of the Cook County Clerk’s six locations Service not being offered currently (7/20)
- 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.
Vote By Mail
All Illinois voters are eligible to apply to vote by mail. Voters do not need to provide an excuse or reason why they select voting by mail. Make sure you are registered or your registration is up-to-date first and then apply to vote by mail.
Deputy registrars: Trained volunteer deputy registrars assist voters during elections.
Key Dates for the November 3, 2020 Presidential Election
|10/6/2020||Voter registration closes for deputy registrars and local election officials|
|10/7/2020||First day of grace period registration and voting|
|10/18/2020||Last day to register to vote by online application|
|10/19/2020||First day of early voting|
|10/29/2020||Last day to request a mail ballot, including military and overseas voters|
|11/2/2020||Last day of early voting|
|11/2/2020||Last day of grace period registration and voting|
|11/3/2020||Last day mail ballots can be postmarked|
For more information on key dates and elections stages, visit the Cook County Clerk website
For the November 3, 2020 Presidential Election, traditional Early Voting will take place October 19-November 2. Early Voting locations and hours can be found here in mid-September. While some calendars suggest that the Early Voting period in Illinois may begin as early as February 6, ballots will not be available by then. (All of this is subject to change due to COVID-19.)
What do you need to Early Vote?
Voters do not need to provide an excuse or reason why they cannot vote on Election Day.
Government-issued photo ID is not required but is helpful if there is a question about the voter’s registration, address or signature. Providing an ID can also speed up the process because of ID card readers at every check-in station.
You can register to vote at ALL Early Vote Sites. NOTE: Any voter who needs to register for the first time or file an address change must present two forms of ID, one of which shows the voter’s current address.
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.