Early voting for the presidential election starts Monday at the Evanston Civic Center, but voters can already cast their ballots, or drop off mail-in ballots, at the Skokie Courthouse.

Voting at the Civic Center will be on the ground floor in Room G-300.

City officials say that as a result of the coronavirus pandemic they’ll be taking extra safety precautions for early voting. High contact surfaces will be cleaned frequently and sanitizer will be made available.

Face coverings must be worn by voters while in line and within the building at all times. Voters are also encouraged to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before and after entering the building and to practice social distancing by remaining six feet away from others.

The Cook County Clerk’s Office is encouraging all voters to cast their ballot prior to Election Day this year by taking part in early voting or voting by mail.

Registered Cook County voters can request a mail-in ballot online at cookcountyclerk.com/votebymail through Oct. 29.

Completed ballots should be returned by mail to the Cook County Clerk’s Office or dropped off at one of 50 secure drop boxes throughout Cook County, including one located on the ground floor of the Morton Civic Center during Early Voting hours.

Early Voting hours at the Morton Civic Center are as follows:

Monday through Friday
October 19-23, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
October 26-30, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
November 2, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

October 24 and 31, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

October 25 and November 1, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., residents should go to their regular polling location to vote.

A government-issued photo ID is not required to early vote, but is helpful if there is a question about the voter’s registration, address or signature.

Residents can register to vote at all early voting sites. Visit the Cook County Clerk’s website for a complete list of locations. To register, voters must be:

A U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old by the election and a resident of their precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day.

Any voter registering for the first time or filing 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 an Illinois driver’s license or Illinois state ID, an employee or student ID, a credit card, a Social Security card, a birth certificate, a utility bill in the applicant’s name, mail postmarked to the applicant, a valid U.S. passport, a public aid ID card and a lease or rental contract.

Leave a comment

The goal of our comment policy is to make the comments section a vibrant yet civil space. Treat each other with respect — even the people you disagree with. Whenever possible, provide links to credible documentary evidence to back up your factual claims.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *