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Early Voting Starts Monday

Here's where you can cast your ballot early, to avoid the rush on Election Day. You don't need an excuse--anyone can do it.


If you don't want to wait until Election Day, Nov. 6, to cast your ballot in the presidential election, you don't have to.

In Cook County, Early Voting starts Monday, Oct. 22 and continues through Nov. 3. 

Anyone can vote early, and you don't need to give a reason. So if you have to work on Election Day, or just want to get it out of the way, you can head to the polls now.

You need to bring a photo ID, such as a driver's license, state-issued ID card or university ID card with you in order to vote.

You can vote at any Early Voting location in the county. The nearest are:

  • Skokie Village Hall, 5127 Oakton Street, Skokie. Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Niles Village Hall, 1000 Civic Center Drive, Niles (southeast corner of Waukegan Road and Oakton Street). Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Park Ridge City Hall, 505 Butler Place, Park Ridge (about 1.5 blocks west of Pickwick Theater, across the tracks). Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A complete list of Early Voting locations can be found here. 

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Michael October 23, 2012 at 01:25 PM
My wife and I early voted yesterday at the Skokie Village Hall. Our experience: We arrived at about 3:30pm and there was a line just to get into the room where one would vote. Outside the room was a table with clipboards and copies of the form one needs to fill out to early vote. After a while we made it to the door of the room. A poll worker handed out numbers so people could be called in order. There were 4 workers sitting at tables at the far end of the room, and a couple workers walking around assisting voters. In the middle of the room were many chairs, full of people waiting to be called up to get an electronic voting card. A line of voters stood with activated cards in hand, waiting for an available touchscreen voting machine. There were only 7 machines in the room, 4 against one wall and 3 against another wall. While we stood by the door a worker shut down and rebooted the machine nearest to us, and it took a while to be ready for the next voter. While waiting to vote we saw 3 of the machines go down temporarily for various issues, including printer rolls needing to be changed. My machine didn't finish printing my ballot but the screen said my vote was registered. A worker told me the printer roll was probably out. The touchscreen my wife used wasn't calibrated well, so she had to press below and to the right of what she actually wanted. Question: Is a poll worker allowed to physically select candidates on behalf of a voter? We saw that happen and it bothered us.
rick nuzzo October 28, 2012 at 05:39 AM
i have been an early voting judge for the past several years and i must comment on the fact that while the voter has become much more sophisticated in using the touch screen machines over the years...the wear and tear of these machines has become a more evident problem which slows considerably the flow of an uninterrupted voting process.


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