How do I register to vote? When is the next election? Where do I vote?
To verify your registration, find your polling place and your districts and view sample ballots, go to http://www.Chicagoelections.com or phone the above number.
On Line Registration is available: It is possible to register to vote (or change your address) on line in Illinois if:
The applicant has either an Illinois Driver's License or State ID.
The signature is used for the ballot application.
The applicant has a Social Security number
If the applicant supplies her/his email address (optional), Illinois election code requires election officials to provide this email information to campaign committees and political organizations.
Voters need at least two forms of identification, at least one of which shows the address for their new/updated registration.
Information on early voting and grace period registration sites may be found at http://www.chicagoelections.com/en/grace-period-registration-and-voting.html.
No ID is required for voting in the voter's home precinct on Election Day unless the voter is voting for the first time and has registered by mail without verification. This information would be indicated to the judges by the Electronic Poll Book.
In addition to electing officials and voting on judicial retention, there will be several referenda on the ballot.
Offices on the ballot:
Whether to amend the Illinois Constitution to require that all transportation taxes (including vehicle licenses and titles, as well as government fees on different forms of transportation) be spent only on transportation projects (roads, highways, bridges, airports and mass transit) and related administration costs.
Cook County Binding Referendum
Shall the Office of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds be eliminated and all duties and responsibilities of the Office of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds be transferred to, and assumed by, the Office of the Cook County Clerk by December 7, 2020?
City of Chicago Advisory Referenda
Monday, September 26 at 8pm(CT) is the first presidential debate. Lester Holt from CBS News is the moderator. The debate will be divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on major topics to be selected by the moderator and announced at least one week before the debate. Format is traditional question/answer with moderator choosing specific questions.
Sunday, October 9 at 8pm(CT) is the second presidential debate. Martha Raddatz from ABC News and Anderson Cooper from CNN are the moderators. Format is town meeting, "in which half of the questions will be posed directly by citizen participants and the other half will be posed by the moderator based on topics of broad public interest as reflected in social media and other sources." "The town meeting participants will be uncommitted voters selected by the Gallup Organization."
Wednesday, October 19 at 8pm(CT) Chris Wallace from Fox News is the moderator. Format will be identical to the first presidential debate.
VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE
Tuesday, October 4 at 8pm(CT) Elaine Quijano from CBSN (CBS' 24-hour streaming service) is the moderator. The debate will be divided into nine time segments of approximately 10 minutes each. Format is traditional question/answer with moderator choosing specific questions.
Video Voters' Guide: Starting October 10, you can go to
to watch 3 minute videos of candidates in contested races for Congress; Cook County State's Attorney, Clerk of the Court, and the Board of Review Commissioner for the 3rd District; and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Board. Candidates were filmed at the WTTW studio and were able to choose what they wanted to say during their 3 minutes. The Cook County League is partnering again with WTTW to provide voters this opportunity to learn more about candidates in the Nov. 8 election.
Referendum The Cook County League is urging all voters to VOTE "YES" on the binding referendum which asks whether the elected position of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds should be eliminated and all duties of the office transferred to the Cook County Clerk. This referendum will appear near the end of the ballot after all the judges.
The Chicago Tribune (http://elections.chicagotribune.com/candidates)
Vote for Judges (http://www.voteforjudges.org)for bar associations' recommendations for judicial candidates.