Early Voting begins Monday for April 2 Consolidated Election

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Early Voting for the April 2, 2019 Suburban Consolidated Election kicks off Monday, March 18, 2019 at 52 sites throughout suburban Cook County and downtown Chicago. Voters in 115 municipalities and 172 school districts will take part in the April 2 Consolidated Election.

Suburban Cook County voters can find a list of the Early Voting locations and their hours at cookcountyclerk.com/EarlyVoting. The sites include 51 in suburban Cook County, as well as the Cook County Clerk’s downtown Chicago office.

Karen A. Yarbrough, Cook County Clerk, reminds voters everything is in one way or another decided by elected officials at the local level, and that is why it’s just as important to vote in local elections as it is Presidential or Gubernatorial elections.

There are 2,037 candidates countywide are running for office in the Consolidated Election, for offices that include mayor, village clerk, alderman and village trustee, township trustee, school board member, park and library district board member.

Voters will also face ballot questions that include term limits on local offices, airport runway expansion, bond issues and many more.

Suburban Cook County voters can vote early at any one of the Early Voting sites throughout suburban Cook County, in addition to the Clerk’s main office at 69 W. Washington St., Chicago. All Early Voting sites are open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., including the five suburban courthouses. A handful of sites are open until 7 p.m. on select days – voters should check the Clerk’s website for hours and locations.

Early voters do not need an excuse to vote early, nor do they need an ID to vote early. If voters want to bring an ID to get through the check-in faster, they are welcome to, and it could make the check-in process speedier, but it is not required.

Voters are also encouraged to take advantage of Mail Voting. Any registered voter can request a mail ballot via the Clerk’s website, until March 28. Mail ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, April 2.

Cook County residents can register online to vote, now through Sunday, March 17. Those who miss the voter registration deadline for this election can still register at any of the Early Voting sites. During this Grace Period, voters not yet registered must provide two forms of identification – one with current address – to register, and they must vote in person at the time that they register. A government-issued photo ID is not required to vote early.

Suburban Cook County voters can find a list of the Early Voting locations and their hours at cookcountyclerk.com/EarlyVoting. Early Voting ends on Monday, April 1.

The full list of candidates, referenda, and write-in candidates can be found under the 2019 Elections section of cookcountyclerk.com.

Voters who cast a ballot during Early Voting may not vote on Election Day or vote by mail.

Residents who are unsure if they are able to vote can use the Your Voter Information Tool on the Clerk’s website to check a sample ballot and find their polling place.

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