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Upcoming Election

The next election is November 8, 2022:

  • Early voting will take place from October 24 - November 7
  • Last day for mail-in ballots to be postmarked is November 8

Your Voter Information | Cook County Clerk 

Use this link to...

  - check your registration status
  - see what's on the ballot
  - find your polling place
  - check your mail ballot status  

Register for the upcoming election:

  • Online - Register online by Sunday, October 23
  • In person at the Library - Register in person at the Library starting September 1 through Tuesday, October 11.  If you miss the October 11 deadline, you can register on Election Day (November 8) at your home precinct only. 


General Registration Information

Through the Illinois State Board of Elections, it is easy to register online to vote if you have a driver's license or state ID, and staff are happy to help guide you through the online registration process. You can also apply online through Cook County to vote by mail. 

The Library also has a couple of Deputy Registrars that can get you registered in person.  While walk-ins are welcome, we recommend calling ahead to make an appointment to make sure that the appropriate staff are available to help you.

The regular registration period for Cook County closes 28 days before the election. It is possible to register and vote closer to election day during grace period registration. Cook County residents can register to vote at their polling place on Election Day.

If you are a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years of age (by the general election), and have been a resident of your precinct for at least 30 days, you may register to vote in Cook County.

Photo of Scrabble tiles spelling the word VOTE.You will need two forms of identification. Neither needs to be a photo ID, but one 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 in applicant's name
  • 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 Election Day.

Please visit the Cook County Clerk's Office website for more information.



For more information about current & upcoming elections, visit the Cook County Clerk's Office website.


More Information

Ballot Ready: Find your polling place. Enter your address to learn about the candidates you will see on your ballot. Compare their credentials and stances on issues. Get free, non-partisan information about candidates to help you get ready to vote.

Chicago Tribune Ballot Box Information:  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many voters are expected to vote by mail.  Alternatively, ballots may be delivered to a secure drop box. Check this map for more information.

Cook County Clerk's Office website: Verify your registration, see a sample ballot, learn about grace period registration, provisional ballots, and more. Visit this site for official information including upcoming election dates, election results, election data, and polling locations.  Launched by the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) in October of 2006, is a "one-stop-shop" for election related information. It provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general and state-specific information on the following aspects of the election process:

  • Absentee ballot information
  • Ballot measure information (where applicable)
  • Early voting options (where applicable)
  • Election dates
  • Factual data on candidates in various federal, state and local races
  • General information on such topics as how to watch debates with a critical eye
  • ID requirements
  • Polling place locations
  • Registration deadlines
  • Voter qualifications
  • Voter registration forms
  • Voting machines

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