Voting & Elections

Updated September 16, 2020.

Find information especially for Suburban Cook County voters below, including how to vote by mail.

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Upcoming election dates

  • The Presidential Election is November 3, 2020.


Vote via mail

1. Apply for a vote-by-mail ballot

Important: Apply as early as possible to make sure you receive your ballot in time to vote.

  • Any registered suburban Cook County voter may request a vote-by-mail ballot
  • Applications can be submitted online or by mailing in a paper application
  • October 29 is the last day to request a mail ballot
  • When you apply online, you’ll receive emails confirming to let you know when:
    • Your ballot has been mailed to you
    • Your ballot has been processed and counted
  • Request a mail ballot online or download a paper application »

2. Return your vote-by-mail ballot

Important: Mark and return your ballot as soon as possible. Your ballot must be postmarked no later than Election Day and received at the Cook County Clerk’s office within 14 days after Election Day.

  • Once your application is verified, a paper ballot will be sent in late September/early October to the mailing address designated on your application
  • All vote-by-mail ballots come with postage-paid ballot return envelopes
  • Return your ballot:
    • New! Deliver it to a secured drop box at any Cook County early voting location
    • Via standard U.S. mail (must be postmarked by Election Day, November 3 at the latest)
      • Important: Mark and return your ballot as soon as possible to ensure that your ballot arrives at the Cook County Clerk’s office within 14 days after Election Day.

Key dates

October 6Last to register by paper application
October 7-November 2Grace period registration and voting (in person)
October 18Last day to register online
October 18-November 2Early voting period
October 29Last day to request a mail ballot
November 3Election Day and last day mail ballots can be postmarked

See all key dates for November 3, 2020 elections »

Get key information unique to your voting address or you

  • Your registration status
  • A sample ballot
  • Your polling place or early voting site
  • Your elected officials
  • Your mail ballot status

View your voter information »

Register to vote

Learn more about registering to vote online, on paper, and in person »

To register to vote, you:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be at least 17 years old on or before the date of the Primary Election and turn 18 on or before the date of the General or Consolidated Election. See upcoming election dates »
  • Must live in your election precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day
  • Must not be serving a sentence of confinement in any penal institution as a result of a conviction
  • May not claim the right to vote anywhere else


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