Election Information

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2018 Election Information 

The Gubernatorial General Election will take place on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

The City Clerk is Evanston's local election official. The office works closely with the office of Cook County Clerk David Orr, 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.

Are you interested in helping the Evanston City Clerk's office Get Out The Vote for the 2018 Election Cycle? The Clerk's office is accepting volunteers throughout October and November to turn voters out to the polls through early voting and election day. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up here.

Early Voting for the November 6th Gubernatorial General Election is October 22, 2018 - November 5, 2018


Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center 

2100 Ridge Avenue, Rm. G300

Evanston, IL 60201


October 22-26, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

October 29 - November 2, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

November 5, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.


October 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

November 3, 9 a.m.  to 5 p.m.


October 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

November 4, 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

Mail Voting

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 and Chinese), 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 November 1, 2018.

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:

Grace-period Registration and Voting

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: November 6, 2018

8/8/2018    First day to apply for a mail ballot 

10/9/2018    Last day to register to vote by paper application

10/10/2018    First day of grace period registration and voting

10/21/2018      Last day to register to vote online application

10/22/2018      First day of early voting

11/1/2018   Last day to submit a mail ballot, including  military and overseas voters

11/5/2018    Last day of early voting

11/5/2018   Last day of grace period registration and voting

11/6/2018    Last day mail ballots can be postmarked

11/6/2018   Election Day (Go to your polling locations) 

See the Cook County Clerk's website for more information.