Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin and Cook County Clerk David Orr will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting to discuss changes in state law that will impact suburban elections this fall.

The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 14, at the Wilmette Park District Community Recreation Center at 3000 Glenview Road in Wilmette.

State Sen. Daniel Biss and state representatives Lou Lang, Laura Fine and Robyn Gabel are co-sponsoring the event.

The changes include:

  • Election day voter registration at limited sites.
  • Longer hours for early voting’s final week.
  • Identification requirements for people who register and vote on the same day.
  • The state’s newly-launched online voter registration system.
  • A campus-based voting option for some Illinois university students who want to register and vote on election day.

“It is important for Cook County residents to understand the upcoming changes to our election law and how it will affect voting in November,” Suffredin said.

Orr added, “The most exciting part of the new law is election day registration — a pilot program available at selected sites. In the future, we hope to implement it in our regular precincts, county-wide. This, plus extended early voting hours and Illinois’ online voter registration, are sure steps forward for voter participation.”

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. More election dirty tricks from Democrats

    These changes are only for this election. I wonder why?

    One of those changes is dropping the requirement that people who vote early show a photo ID, such as a driver's license.

    Illinois does not require photo ID when casting a vote.

    This election change is a move by Democrat politicians who are doing everything to attract their base voters.

    These very same Democrats eliminated any chance of a voter referendum on term limits and amending the state's redistricring map method. Democrats sued grassroots organizations such as "Yes, Independent Maps" that passed around petitions to reform the state's redistricting method and term limits.

    We don't get to vote on term limits or gerrymandering but raising the minimum wage will be on the ballot.

    The Democrats also put on the ballot a voter referendum intent on discouraging a voter identification card law – the wording will be "no person shall be denied the right to register to vote or cast a ballot in an election based on race, color, ethnicity, language, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation or income."

    This is a way for Democrats to cast aside any effort to require photo ID when casting a vote. 31 states have passed voter identification laws. We all know the reputation Chicago and Cook County has for voter fraud. What's the old saying, vote early and often (even if you're an illegal alien).


    1. Lets make voter fraud easier

      Al, you are right. There is still a lot of voter fraud throughout Cook and surrounding counties. There is even voter fraud in Evanston and it happens during every election.

      While both major parties are involved, this gives all appearances that the party in power is making changes that will make it easier for them to stay in power.

      It is too bad that politicians in Illinois will not let voters make some decisions to improve their lives and well being.

      1. Could you provide a link to a

        Could you provide a link to a news article about these numerous recent instances of Cook County voter fraud that you are describing?

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