Register To Vote
The information below is from David Orr Cook County Clerk's Office Register To Vote page.
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. Below you can find information for each of the four ways to register during the standard voter registration period. Please make sure to check the specific deadline for the form you select as dates differ depending on the method of registration.
If you would like to distribute registration forms to others you can print off mail-in registrations.
If you miss both voter registration deadlines, you may still register to vote during the Grace Period or on Election Day.
Ways To Register
Online - By Sunday, October 21st
If you have an Illinois driver's license or state ID, you may register online through the Illinois State Board of Elections website.
Paper/PDF - Postmarked by Tuesday, October 9th
If you do not have a driver's license or state ID, fill out a form online, print, sign and mail it in.
In Person - by Tuesday, October 9th
Eligible Cook County residents can also register to vote in person with a certified registrar by going to:
- One of the Cook County Clerk's six locations
- A village, city or township clerk
- An Illinois Secretary of State's drivers 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.
- Deputy registrars: Trained volunteer deputy registrars may register you to vote.
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. 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 must choose to vote a specific political party ballot.