Voting is both a right and a responsibility. Check out the resources on this page for information on registering to vote, where and when to cast your ballot, which candidates are running for office in 2020, and more.
Primary - March 17, 2020
General - November 3, 2020
Skokie Public Library is hosting a candidate forum on Friday, February 10.
Age to register
Voters must be at least 18 by election day.
Register to vote
Information from the Cook County Clerk's Office
You can also register at Village Hall weekdays, 8:30 am–5 pm.
- Online - 16 days before Election Day
If you have an Illinois driver's license or state ID, you may register online through the Illinois State Board of Elections website.
- By Mail - Postmarked 28 days before Election Day
Download a form in various languages at the Cook County Clerk website.
- In Person - 28 days before Election Day
- Grace Period Registration: Up to and including Election Day
You can also register in person (and vote) at your local elections office during the "grace period." The grace period starts 27 days before Election Day and ends on Election Day. Grace Period Voting does NOT take place at your regular polling place. Grace Period Voting almost always happens at your Local Election Office. Contact your Local Election Office for more information. See the Cook County Clerk’s Register to Vote page for more details.
Find answers to many of your voting-related questions online, such as
- What is my registration status?
- What is on my upcoming ballot?
- Where is my polling place?
- Where is my early voting site?
- Who are my elected officials?
- What Is my mail ballot status?
Visit the Suburban Cook County voting portal.
Have you moved or changed your name since you last registered? Find out how to re-register to vote.
See a list of early voting locations and hours. Any registered voter in suburban Cook County may vote early at any other designated early voting location.
ABSENTEE / VOTING BY MAIL
Any registered suburban Cook County voter may request a mail ballot using this online application. Once registration is verified and the application is processed, a paper ballot is mailed to the designated address. The deadline to apply is five days before an election.
Voters do not have to register with a party, but they do have to choose, publicly, which party’s ballot they will vote in primary elections.
IN THE VOTING BOOTH
Voters can bring in newspaper endorsements, printouts, sample ballots, and smartphones. You may not take a selfie or photograph your marked ballot.
Check the Cook County Clerk’s Office for a list of candidates in the upcoming election (when available).
To learn more about the candidates, view one of the voting guides provided by:
Ballot Ready - Enter your address to learn more about candidates
The League of Women Voters - Illinois Voter Guide