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, and more.
For additional questions about upcoming elections, contact the League of Women Voters of Evanston Voter Hotline at 224-536-0254. If no one answers, leave a message and your call will be returned shortly. The League of Women Voters also provides resources for voters with disabilities.
Consolidated Primary Election: February 28, 2023
Register to vote
Voters must be at least 18 by election day.
Ways to Register
- In person: at least 28 days before election day
You can register to vote at Village Hall weekdays, 8:30 am–5 pm, with another village, city or township clerk, at one of the Cook County Clerk's six locations, or an Illinois Secretary of State's driver’s license facility.
- Online: at least 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.
- Mail: must be postmarked at least 28 days before election day
Download a mail-in form in various languages at the Cook County Clerk Voter Registration website.
Note that this is not the same as requesting a mail-in ballot.
- 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.
See the Cook County Clerk’s Register to Vote page for more details.
Preparing to Vote
In order to vote you'll need to be registered. You'll find detailed information on how to register on the right side of this page. You'll also want to understand more about the candidates and issues on the ballot.
Check Your Registration Status
Have you moved or changed your name since you last registered? Find out how to re-register to vote.
Learn About Candidates
Check the Cook County Clerk’s Office for a list of candidates in the upcoming election. Or, to learn more about the candidates, enter your address and view one of the voting guides provided by:
To learn about ratings and qualifications of judicial candidates, view the resources from:
Your Sample Ballot and Local Referenda
To view your Sample Ballot and learn about Skokie-specific referenda follow these steps:
- Visit the Suburban Cook County voting portal.
- Choose “What Is On My Upcoming Ballot?” and enter your address. Click Submit.
- Click “View The Ballot”
Referendum items are at the bottom of the Sample Ballot.
For all other questions and concerns, visit the Suburban Cook County voting portal.
How to Vote
There are several different ways to vote. See which one is right for you.
See a full list of early voting locations and hours. You can vote early at the Skokie Courthouse (5600 Old Orchard Road).
Any registered voter in suburban Cook County may vote early at the designated early voting location.
Absentee / Voting By Mail
Any registered suburban Cook County voter may request a mail ballot. View information about voting by mail in suburban Cook County and fill out the online application. The deadline to apply is five days before an election.
Return your ballot in the mail or find a ballot drop-off location. Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day in order to be counted.
Polls open at 6 am and close at 7 pm statewide. Check with your local polling place to see about extensions or changes. Find your polling place through the County Clerk.
Voters can bring in newspaper endorsements, printouts, sample ballots, and smartphones. You may not take a selfie or photograph your marked ballot.