The City Clerk is Evanston's local election official. The office works closely with the office of Cook County Clerk Karen Yarbrough, Election Division, to determine accessible polling places. City staff also functions as deputy registrars to register voters, process absentee ballot applications prior to each election and certify results from all referenda and local elections.
To register to vote, you must be:
- A U.S. citizen
- At least 18 years old by Election Day
- A resident of your precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day
You also must display two pieces of identification. Neither needs to be a photo ID, but one must include your current address.
Acceptable forms of ID include:
- Illinois driver's license
- Illinois state ID
- Employee or student ID
- Credit card
- Social security card
- Birth certificate
- Utility bill in applicant's name
- Mail postmarked to the applicant
- Valid U.S. passport
- Public aid ID card
- Lease or rental contract
In Illinois, you do not declare affiliation with a political party when you register to vote. In primary elections, you may choose to vote a specific political party ballot on 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.
Find Polling Places
"Your Voter Information" is a search tool that provides several pieces of key information unique to you. You can:
- Verify your voter registration
- Find your polling place
- See your sample ballot, when available
- See a list of your elected officials and their contact information
- Check your mail ballot status
Election Judge Information
Every election, more than 10,000 election judges in nearly 2,000 suburban Cook County precincts make sure polling place operations run smoothly and elections are carried out fairly, honestly and accurately. Election judges are responsible for supervising the conduct inside polling places and helping voters.
Election judges can receive up to $170 every election. This includes working Election Day, successfully completing their training and assisting with polling place set-up before Election Day. The information on this website pertains only to election judges working in suburban Cook County.
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Find Elected Officials
Each voter in Cook County is represented by officials on many levels, from U.S. Senator and County Commissioner to Park District and School Board Trustee. Because district boundaries vary, you may not have the same representatives as your friends. Use the Directory of Elected Officials to find the public officials who represent your household. For most officials, their contact information and term dates are also listed.
The Cook County Clerk's office has provided several online maps from the Township level to the Congressional District level.