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Be an informed voter!

Your Voter Information

The Cook County Clerk’s Office provides an online voter information tool to check your registration status, polling place, elected officials and more.


The county online resource is designed to inform voters about the candidates running for office in the April 6th Consolidated Election.

2021 Consolidated Municipal Election Schedule
March 9th – last day to register voters by paper form
March 10th – first day of grace period registration and voting
March 21st – last day to register voters online
March 22nd – first day of early voting
April 1st – last day to request a mail ballot
April 5th – last day of early voting
April 6th – election day; mail ballots must be postmarked by this date.
2021 Virtual Candidate Forums
Oak Park & River Forest High School District 200 Board 2/20/21
River Forest School District 90 Board  3/4/21
River Forest Village President 3/6/21
River Forest Village Trustee 3/6/21
River Forest Library Board 3/18/21
River Forest Library Park District Board 3/18/21

Register to Vote

Do you need to register to vote or update your registration information? We can help! Four library staff members (Meghan, Dorothy, Maria, and Cathy) are certified as Deputy Registrars and can register you to vote in the Library. It only takes a few minutes. We recommend that you call ahead to make sure that one of our Registrars is available. You will need to bring two forms of identification.

Acceptable Forms of ID

  • Illinois Driver’s License
  • Employee of student ID
  • Illinois State ID
  • Credit Card
  • Social Security Card
  • Birth Certificate
  • Valid U.S. passport
  • Utility bill in the applicant’s name
  • Mail postmarked to the applicant
  • Public Aid ID Card

To be Eligible to Vote in Illinois:

  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • You must be 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.
  • You must live in your election precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day.
  • You must not be serving a sentence of confinement in any penal institution as a result of a conviction.
  • You may not claim the right to vote anywhere else.

Please note: We are unable to register voters from 3/21.

Ways to Vote

Early Voting

Early voting is open to all registered voters whether or not you will be out of town on Election Day. As a reminder, you can register to vote at ALL Early Vote Sites. NOTE: Any voter who needs to register for the first time or file an address change must present two forms of ID, one of which shows the voter’s current address.

Check the Cook County Clerk’s website for early voting locations.

You can now see how long they might have to wait to vote at any of our 52 Early Voting sites by visiting the wait-time-viewer. This is for early voting sites only.

Vote By Mail

Mail Ballot applications for the April 6, 2021 Consolidated Election will be accepted through April 1, 2021. Any registered suburban Cook County voter with a driver’s license, state ID or social security number on file may request a mail ballot using an online or paper application.

Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day (April 6) in order to be counted.

You may also check in on the status of your mailed ballot.

Election Day Voting

Registered suburban Cook County voters can only vote in their home precinct on Election Day.

Residents who are not registered to vote may register and cast a ballot on Election Day thanks to same-day registration and voting. Those who wish to register on Election Day must present two qualifying forms of ID.

Registered and unregistered Cook County residents can find their assigned polling place with the Your Voter Information tool.