Voter registration ends Tuesday in Illinois

October 7, 2008 9:26:32 AM PDT
Cook County residents who want to vote in person on Election Day need to be registered by midnight tonight. Residents who miss the regular registration deadline can still vote by registering during a 14-day grace period from October 8 to 21. However, then residents must sign up to vote in person at the clerk's downtown Chicago office, 69 West Washington, or at one of the clerk's five courthouse locations.

Residents can then vote immediately by absentee ballot or mail it in.

For more info on voter registration and extended hours, click here and check out ABC7's Meet the Candidates website.

Voter Registration Info & Deadlines:

Oct. 7, marks the Illinois regular voter registration deadline for citizens who want to vote in the Nov. 4 Presidential Election.

McHenry County - open Tuesday until 4:30 p.m. But libraries register residents and they are open later in the day.

Kane County Election Commission - Open until 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, but libraries in the county also allow registration and are open later in the day.

Lake County Election Commission offices will be open Tuesday until 5 p.m. only. 847-377-2000.

DuPage County election commission says registration offices will be open Tuesday till 9 p.m. Tuesday. 630-407-5600.

Cook County Board of Elections: Hours extended for last-minute voter drive.

To accommodate the last-minute rush, the Clerk's downtown office (69 W. Washington, Fifth Floor, Chicago) and the five suburban Cook County courthouse mini-centers will stay open until 8 p.m.

Since Oct. 1, the Clerk's office has received more than 30,000 registrations from suburban voters, of which 13,000 were for first-time voters. Orr reminds voters who have recently moved that they must re-register at their current address prior to the deadline. Voters who have changed their name also must re-register.

Registration applications for suburban Cook County residents can be printed at www.voterinfonet.com

Chicago residents should visit www.chicagoelections.com for information.

North suburbs: 5600 W. Old Orchard Road, Room 149, Skokie

Northwest suburbs: 2121 Euclid Ave., Room 238, Rolling Meadows

West suburbs: 1311 Maybrook Square, Room 109, Maywood

South suburbs: 16501 S. Kedzie Ave., Room 238, Markham

Southwest suburbs: 10220 S. 76th Ave., Room 238, Bridgeview

Prospective voters should bring two pieces of identification to register, including one displaying a current address (a bill mailed to the prospective voter may serve as one form of ID).

For more information, visit www.voterinfonet.com or call 312-603-0906.


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