2020 Election Information
The Presidential Primary Election will take place on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
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 function as deputy registrars to register voters, process absentee ballot applications prior to each election and certify results from all referenda and local elections.
Early Voting for the March 17th Presidential Election is March 2, 2020 - March 16, 2020
Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center
2100 Ridge Avenue, Rm. G300
Evanston, IL 60201
March 2-6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
March 9-13, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
March 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
March 7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
March 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
March 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
March 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
What do you need to Early Vote?
Government-issued photo ID is not required but is helpful if there is a question about the voter's registration, address or signature.
You can Register to Vote at ALL Early Vote Sites and at your election date polling location.
NOTE:Any voter who needs to register for the first time or file an address change or name change must present two forms of ID, one of which shows the voter's 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
Voting by mail is a convenient way to cast your ballot if you are unable to get to your polling place on Election Day or to cast your ballot in-person during Early Voting at a designated Early Voting site. Any registered suburban Cook County voter may apply for a mail ballot. It is no longer necessary to provide a reason. This section also includes information on Overseas and Military Voting.
How to vote by mail
To obtain an application to vote by mail, registered suburban Cook County voters can:
- Download and print the mail ballot application (applications are also available in Spanish, Hindi, Chinese, Korean and Tagalog), or
- Visit the Evanston City Clerk's Office located at 2100 Ridge Avenue Evanston, IL 60201 to pick up an application
- Call the Cook County Clerk's Office at (312) 603-0946
- Call the Evanston City Clerk's Office at 847-448-8189 for more information
NOTE: Applications must be submitted by mail, certified courier or in person. Applications cannot be accepted by email or fax. All applications must be postmarked or submitted to the Cook County Clerk's Office by April 2, 2019.
Once we receive your application and verify your registration, we will send you a paper ballot at the address you designate on your application. After making your selections and completing the certification form on the back of the envelope and signing it, mail or deliver your ballot back to us. Please note: if the certification form (on the back of the return envelope) is not signed, your ballot will not be counted.
Mailed ballots must be postmarked by Election Day. Mailed ballots are processed and counted at the Cook County Clerk's central office.
More information about Mail Voting:
- Eligibility - Learn who is eligible to vote by mail.
- Deadlines - Important dates to remember.
- Apply to Vote by Mail - Download a mail ballot application.
- Disabled Voters - Absentee voting program for voters who are disabled.
- Overseas and Military Voters - Learn about voting for overseas and military voters.
- Nursing Home/Hospital Voting - Voting for nursing home and hospitalized voters.
Grace period registration and voting extends the registration period by allowing voters to register to vote up to three days before an election. However, guidelines limit when and where grace period registrants can vote. More
Upcoming Election: March 17, 2020
2/18/2020 Last day to register to vote by paper application
2/19/2020 First day of grace period registration and voting
3/1/2020 Last day to register to vote by online application
3/2/2020 First day of early voting
3/1/2020 Last day to request a mail ballot, including military and overseas voters
3/16/2020 Last day of early voting
3/16/2020 Last day of grace period registration and voting
3/17/2020 Last day mail ballots can be postmarked
3/17/2020 Election Day
See the Cook County Clerk's website for more information.