Want To Vote in Illinois? Register By Oct. 9

The deadline is Oct. 9 for voter registration in Illinois; here are lots of options to register. You can also sign up as a deputy registrar.

The deadline to vote in the Nov. 6 presidential election is coming up in less than a month on Oct. 9. 

"If you want to vote on Nov. 6, you must be registered," said Cook County Clerk David Orr in a statement. "Make your mark by voting in the upcoming election."

Orr's office is also organizing a voter registration drive at the suburban Cook County courthouses on Sept. 25 to coincide with National Voter Registration Day. More details will be announced on the county clerk's website.

Wednesdays through Oct. 3, the Clerk's office will host walk-in hours for anyone who wants to be trained to register voters. Stop by Orr's downtown office (69 W. Washington, Fifth Floor, Chicago) Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Appointments are not needed.

If you want to get trained as a deputy registrar but cannot make it downtown, contact Jonathan Williams (312.603.0987, jonathan.williams@cookcountyil.gov) and ask about hosting a training near your home or work. Trainings can be scheduled for groups of 10 or more.

To register to vote, you must be: a U.S. citizen; at least 18 years old by Election Day; and a resident of your precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day. Voters who have recently moved must re-register at their current address prior to the deadline.

In this video, Clerk Orr explains who can register to vote, what they need and how to complete the process. 

If you want to verify your registration status and see your polling place, use the "Your Voter Information" tool on cookcountyclerk.com

Suburban Cook County voters can print a voter registration application from the Clerk's website, cookcountyclerk.com, or request one by calling (312) 603-0906. Applications are available in English,SpanishChineseHindiKorean and Polish.

Jason Hays October 16, 2012 at 11:33 PM
On Election Day, Illinois voters will decide on a constitutional amendment regarding pensions for state and local employees. The referendum, clouded in legal-speak, would require a 3/5ths majority vote by governing bodies to "increase a benefit under any public pension or retirement system." Now at first glance, this sounds great--"Hey, let's put some limits on these pensions," says the average taxpayer. If this referendum actually addressed the pension-funding problem, then there might be merit to a constitutional amendment. Sadly, it does not. Passage of this amendment will do absolutely nothing to reduce the financial burden faced by taxpayers, either now or in the future. Please realize that the pension costs straining municipal budgets have nothing to do with benefit increases, and everything to do with decades of inadequate funding by shortsighted politicians and city managers. So, if this referendum does nothing to reduce current or future pension costs, then what is the actual intent of this proposal? Lawmakers want to look like they're "doing something" about pensions, but not by tinkering with the Constitution for no actual benefit! We need actual solutions and compromises to be made! So, when faced with the choice to muddy the legislative waters and make it even MORE difficult for lawmakers to get anything useful accomplished--for no benefit or financial relief for taxpayers--please just say, "No."


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