Voting & Elections
The Elmwood Park Public Library has one trained, volunteer deputy registrar on staff who can register you in person. But it is faster and easier to register to vote online if you have a driver’s license or state ID, and staff are happy to help guide you through the online registration process.
The regular registration period for Cook County closes 28 days before the election. It is possible to register and vote closer to election day during grace period registration. Cook County residents can register to vote at their polling place on Election Day.
If you are a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years of age (by the general election), and have been a resident of your precinct for at least 30 days, you may register to vote in Cook County.
You will need two forms of identification. Neither needs to be a photo ID, but one must include your current address. Acceptable forms of ID include:
- Illinois driver’s license
- Illinois state ID
- Employee or student ID
- Credit card
- Social security card
- Birth certificate
- Utility bill in applicant’s name
- Mail postmarked to the applicant
- Valid U.S. passport
- Public aid ID card
- Lease or rental contract
In Illinois, you do not declare affiliation with a political party when you register to vote. In primary elections, you may choose to vote a specific political party ballot on Election Day.
Please visit the Cook County Clerk’s Office website for more information.
For more information about current elections, visit the Cook County Clerk’s Office website.
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Cook County Clerk’s Office website: Verify your registration, see a sample ballot, learn about grace period registration, provisional ballots, and more. Visit this site for official information including upcoming election dates, election results, election data, and polling locations.