Early voting for the Feb. 28 primary election in Evanston starts on Monday, Feb. 13.

There are still opportunities to register to vote in the primary.

Cook County Clerk David Orr says anyone wishing to register in person can visit the County Clerk’s office downtown, the City Clerk’s office, or one of the County Clerk’s offices located at the five suburban Cook County courthouses.


To register, applicants must have two pieces of identification, including one containing a current address. To qualify to vote, a person must be a United States citizen, at least 18 years old by Election Day (Feb. 28) and a resident of his or her precinct for at least 30 days prior to the election.
Voters also have until Feb. 12 to register online at the county clerk’s office website.
Evanston is one of only seven suburban Cook County communities holding primary elections this year.

Evanston voters will be narrowing the field of five mayoral candidates, and 5th Ward voters will be pruning the list of five aldermanic candidates.

There’s also a chance the primary could be the only election for those races. If one of the candidates gets more than 50 percent of the vote, they’ll win outright, without having to go through the April runoff.

That April 4th balloting is when elections for city clerk and other aldermanic positions along with seats on Evanston’s two school boards will be decided.

City Clerk Rodney Greene says early voting at the Civic Center will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday from Feb. 13 through Feb. 27. Voters can also register at the early-voting polling place, as long as they cast their vote at the same time.

Voters can look up their registration status, find their polling place, view a sample ballot, and view statements from the candidates on their backgrounds and positions on the county clerk’s website.

Voters may apply for a mail ballot until Feb. 23. Mail ballots must be postmarked by Feb. 28. The fastest way to receive a mail ballot is to apply online.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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