First, are you eligible to vote? To vote in the March 2018 primary election, the following
requirements must be met.
Qualifications to Register to Vote
To register to vote, you must:
- be a U.S. citizen, and
- be born on or before November 6, 2000, and
- live in your precinct at least 30 days before the election, and
- not claim the right to vote elsewhere; and
- not be in prison/jail serving time for a conviction.
While some states have restrictive rules that completely prohibit felons and incarcerated
individuals from voting, Illinois is less restrictive. Individuals incarcerated for a felony
conviction are ineligible to vote. Voting rights are automatically restored upon release from
prison, and people on parole or probation can vote. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.
Registering to vote in Cook County depends on where you live. Those who live in suburban
cook county can find voter registration information on Cook County Clerk David Orr’s website
at www.cookcountyclerk.com. City of Chicago residents can find voter information on the
Chicago Board of Elections website at www.chicagoelections.com.
No Photo ID is required to register to vote or vote on election day. If registering to vote in
person, you 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 license
- Illinois state ID
- Employee or student ID
- Social security card
- Birth certificate
- Utility bill in applicant's name
- Mail postmarked to the applicant
- Valid U.S. passport
- Lease or rental contract
Voters in suburban Cook County can complete a mail-in voter application form and return it to
the Cook County Clerk's office. Voter registration applications are available in English, Spanish,
Hindi, Chinese, Korean and Polish. Only a social security number is required. Mail the
completed, signed application to:
David Orr, Cook County Clerk
69 W. Washington St., Room 500
Chicago, IL 60602
In the city of Chicago, you can register to vote online using your IL ID or Driver’s License if you
do so by March 4. You can also register by mail if doing so by Feb 20th. Finally, you can
register to vote and vote on Election Day at your local precinct in Chicago. Check the City of
Chicago’s site for links to registration, tips on updating and canceling registration, and how to
report a voter’s death.