Now You can Vote Early and from Home

February 26, 2012

Early voting begins on Monday and runs through March 15, and anyone can participate.

And, for the first time ever, you can vote from your own Chicago real estate.

You don’t need a reason to vote before the March 20 primary, so if you know what you want, you can get your democratic duty out of the way at your own convenience.

To vote early, a voter must be registered. If you aren’t yet registered, there is a grace period to do so by March 13, and you must vote on the spot.

To find an early-voting site in suburban Cook County, click here.

For the first time in a Presidential Primary Election, all Illinois voters can request a mail ballot to vote.

“In the past, you needed an absentee excuse to vote by mail,” said Cook County Clerk David Orr. “All voters are now eligible for a mail ballot, bringing one more convenient option for participating in the democratic process.”

The last day to apply for a mail ballot is March 15. Upon receiving a mail ballot application, your Clerk’s office will verify the voter’s registration and signature and then mail a ballot to the voter.

That ballot must be mailed back to the Clerk’s office with a postmark no later than March 19 to be counted.

“I encourage every interested voter to request a mail ballot long before the March 15 deadline to make sure there is enough time for delivery.”

To download an application for a mail ballot in suburban Cook County, click here.

Click these links if you live in another Chicago-area county:

*City of Chicago

*DuPage County

*Kane County

*Kendall County

*Lake County

*McHenry County

*Will County

*Illinois State Board of Elections

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