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Register to vote for president this fall

The Evanston city clerk’s office is open to register potential voters for this fall’s presidential election.

The office, in Room 1200 of the Civic Center at 2100 Ridge Ave., is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.

It will also open for voter registration from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, Sept. 20 and 27, and Oct. 4.

Voter registration is also available in the lobby at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Avenue, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, from Sept, 6 through Oct. 4 and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5. Voter registration at the library is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Evanston.

Registration will be offered at North Branch Library, 2026 Central Street, and South Branch Library, 949 Chicago Avenue, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4.

VoterPalooza, a voter registration festival, is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. VoterPalooza is sponsored by the League of Women Voters and EVMark. The festival will have nine downtown Evanston "stages" where voters can register in non-traditional settings like restaurants, stores, and fitness centers.

Voter registration stages will be located at Argo Tea, 1596 Sherman Ave.; Borders Books and Music, 1700 Maple Ave.; Burger King, 1740 Orrington Ave.; Evanston Athletic Club, 1723 Benson Ave.; First Bank & Trust, 820 Church St.; McGaw YMCA, 1000 Grove Ave.; Panera Bread, 1700 Sherman Ave.; and YWCA Evanston/North Shore, 1215 Church St.

There will be two additional west Evanston VoterPalooza stages at Ebony Barbershop, 1702 Dodge Ave., and We Are Beautiful, 1966 Dempster St.

For information, contact the League of Women Voters of Evanston at lwvevanston@att.net, or 847-866-7844.
To register to vote, Evanston residents must be U.S. citizens, at least 18 years of age by Election Day, and residents of their precincts for at least 30 days prior to the election.

Voter registrations are permanent unless residents move or change names. Anyone moving within suburban Cook County must transfer his registration by re-registering. Re-registrations can be made by writing the new addresses on the back of voter identification cards and mailing them to the County Clerk’s downtown Chicago office. Voters must re-register with the local election authorities or county clerks when moving to addresses outside suburban Cook County.

Voters who legally change their names, but not their addresses, do not have to re-register; they can simply update their information at the polls and then vote.

By Illinois law, voter registration closes 28 days preceding an election, which is Tuesday, Oct. 7 for this fall’s election. Voter registration re-opens two days after Election Day, or Thursday, Nov. 6.

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