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.

Available Languages:

In Person - by Tuesday, October 9th

Eligible Cook County residents can also register to vote in person with a certified registrar by going to:

Voter Qualifications

To register to vote, you must be:

  1. A U.S. citizen
  2. At least 18 years old by the general election
  3. 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.