Civics & Voting

Dates to know:

If you are interested in becoming an election judge to work on election day, you can apply online.

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Register to vote online, by mail or in person, including at the library. Find instructions and additional locations on this page. You can also register to vote on Election Day at your polling place.

  • Your Voter Information: find your polling location, sample ballots for upcoming elections and your elected officials. 
  • Mail Ballots: Any registered suburban Cook County voter may request a mail ballot.  The deadline to apply is five days before an election.  Learn more about voting by mail here.
  • Secure dropboxes for mail ballots are available around Cook County.
  • Instructions for how to vote using voting machines in Illinois: Video
  • Illinois Board of Elections: Voting Instructions and Assistance

If you encounter issues while voting, Illinois Legal Aid Online highlights relevant resources.

These sources may list information for past elections. These links will be updated as these sources publish more current information.

These tools offer information on judicial candidates:

For additional information on candidates and races, some organizations also perform fact checking and publish articles: