The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 4 general election is Tuesday, Oct. 7.

“Voters should make certain they are registered to vote, especially since the first week of October is a busy moving time,” Cook County Clerk David Orr said. “If you have moved down the street or a few towns over, you need to register to vote at your new address.”

Suburban Cook County voters can verify their registration status by using the Voter Information tool on the clerk’s office website. It also gives voters their polling place information and sample ballot.

 The clerk’s office has received about 12,000 more suburban Cook County voter registrations between June 1 and today than it did during the same time period in 2010. Of those, about 2,800 were submitted using the state’s new online voter registration application.

Any voter with a driver’s license or state ID can register to vote online. Residents may also register in person by visiting the Clerk’s downtown office (69 W.  Washington St., Fifth floor, Chicago), a municipal or township office, or one of the Clerk’s five suburban courthouse locations, including in Skokie in room 149 at 5600 W. Oak Orchard Road.

To register, applicants must have two pieces of identification, including one containing a current address.

Qualified applicants must be a United States citizen, at least 18 years old by the Nov. 4 election and a resident of his or her precinct for at least 30 days prior to the election.  Voters who have recently moved must re-register at their current address prior to the deadline.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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