Below is a list of important guidelines for you to follow when you are registering to vote in Cook County, Illinois. For more information, please refer to the contacts listed below:
Cook County Election Department:
16501 S. Kedzie Ave., Room 238; Markham, IL 60426
69 W. Washington St., Suite 500; Chicago, IL 60602
1. A U.S. citizen
Illinois voters do not need to register by political party or declare a political party membership or preference.
Registering to vote has never been easier or more convenient. You can register online, in person or you can download registration forms and register through the mail.
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 don't have a driver's license or state ID, fill out a form online, print, sign and mail it in.
Download a mail-in voter registration card:
4. In person
Eligible suburban Cook County residents can also register to vote in person with a certified registrar by going to:
1. Address Change
If you have moved within suburban Cook County, you must transfer your registration by re-registering. You may choose to write your new address on the back of your voter identification card and mail it to the Clerk's downtown Chicago office.
You must re-register with the local election authority or county clerk if you move to an address outside suburban Cook County.
2. Name Change
Voters who have legally changed their name, but not their address, do not have to re-register. You can update your information at the polls.
According to state law, if you're a registered voter in suburban Cook County, you may cast an absentee ballot only if you are:
However, Illinois voters may take part in Early Voting, which allows voters to vote before the election without having a reason or excuse. Those early voters must vote in person (not by mail) at a designated early voting site.
Casting your ballot before Election Day makes voting more convenient, especially for the elderly and voters with busy schedules.
There is only one way and one place to register during the 14-day grace period. Unregistered voters must sign up to vote in person at the Clerk's downtown Chicago office: 69 W. Washington St., Room 500. You must show two pieces of identification to register.
Grace-period voters must vote absentee. You can: 1) vote in person at the Clerk's downtown office immediately after signing up to vote; or 2) receive an absentee ballot by mail that you can complete at home and return to the Clerk's office before Election Day.
Grace-period registrants are not allowed to vote at the polls on Election Day or vote at any early voting site.