The deadline for registering to vote in the Nov. 7 general election is less than two weeks away.

In addition to the governor’s race and other statewide contests, this fall’s ballot will include a proposal to increase the real estate transfer tax in Evanston by 20 percent to fund affordable housing programs.

The last day to register in Evanston is Tuesday, Oct. 10.

Evanston residents can register at the City Clerk’s office in Room 1200 of the Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave., from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday.

On Saturdays Sept. 30 and Oct. 7, voters can register at the clerk’s office from 9 a.m. until noon, or at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., from 1 to 5 p.m. The library registration event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Evanston.

To register you must be a U.S. citizen and be 18 years old and a resident of your precinct for 30 days by election day.

Two forms of identification are required. Drivers licenses, utility bills and birth certificates are among the acceptable forms of ID. At least one must show the registrant’s current address.

Persons who miss the registration deadline can register between Oct. 11 and 24 at the Cook County Clerk’s Office in Chicago at 69 W. Washington St., Room 500. Persons who register during this grace period must vote absentee.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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