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 2018, and more.
When is the primary election?
March 20, 2018
When is the general election?
November 8, 2018
Age to register
Voters must be at least 18 by the general election, November 8, 2018.
Register to vote
Information from the Cook County Clerk's Office
Primary registration deadlines
1. Online - Sunday, March 4th
2. Paper/PDF - Must be postmarked by Tuesday, Feb. 20th
3. In Person - Tuesday, Feb. 20th
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?
For the March 20, 2018 Gubernatorial Primary Election, traditional early voting will take place March 5-19. See a list of early voting locations and hours.
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 on at the primary election.
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.
OPEN OFFICES IN THE March 20, 2018 ELECTIONS
Primary Elections for:
- U.S. House (Skokie is in the 9th Congressional District)
- IL Governor
- Lieutenant Governor
- IL Attorney General
- IL Secretary of State
- IL Treasurer
- IL Comptroller
- State Senate (Skokie is in Senate Districts 8 and 9)
- State House (Skokie is in House Districts 15, 16, and 17)
- State Supreme Court
- Intermediate Appellate Courts
- Local Judges
- Municipal (i.e. Water Reclamation Board, Assessor, Cook County Board President, etc.)
To learn more about the candidates, view one of the voting guides provided by:
The League of Women Voters - Illinois Voter Guide
Chicago Sun-Times 2018 Illinois Primary Voting Guide
The BGA (Better Government Association) - Voters Guide
View a list of referenda on the ballot for the March 20, 2018 election.
Visit Voteforjudges.org for judicial evaluation results from The Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening.
The Illinois Civil Justice League (ICJL) includes its own ratings and evaluations from bar associations and newspaper endorsements.
CAMPAIGN FINANCE DISCLOSURE
For information on how candidates and committees raise and spend money in federal elections, visit the Federal Election Commission.