If you’re not yet registered to vote in this fall’s presidential election, you’ve only got until Oct. 9 to get the job done.

If you’re not sure whether you’re registered, you can check online with the county clerk’s office.

People who will need to register are those who are turning 18 by election day, who’ve moved or changed their name or become a citizen.

To register a person must be:

  • 18 years by election day, Nov. 6.
  • A citizen of the United States on the day of registration.
  • Actually reside at the address to be listed on the registration card. 

Would-be voters must also provide two pieces of identification when registering. Acceptable forms of identification include:

  • An Illinois Driver’s License or Illinois State ID
  • A utility bill in the applicant’s name or mail postmarked to the applicant at the current address
  • A credit card, employee or student ID
  • A valid US passport; Public Aid ID card; Social Security card; or birth certificate

Residents can register at the City Clerk’s Office In the Civic Center Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Deputy Registrars from the League of Women Voters will be present to register voters at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, Sept. 15 and 29, and noon to 4 p.m. on  Sunday, Oct. 7, and  before the showing of the movie Patriocracy at the library at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

The league has also scheduled registration events at The Mather, the North Shore Hotel and Three Crowns Park.

LWV registrars may also be available by appointment for registration for shut ins or at business, organizational, or group events. Call Jessica Feldmanat 847-864-2199 to make an appointment.

More information about voter registration options is available online.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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