Voter registration for the Feb. 5 Illinois Presidential Primary ends on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Anyone who has moved must re-register to vote. Citizens who have legally changed their names but not their addresses are not required to re-register; they can update their information at the polls.

Voter registration is available at the Evanston City Clerk’s Office, Room 1200 of the Evanston Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Avenue, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., or at any of Cook County Clerk’s six locations.

In order to register to vote, residents must bring two ID’s; one of those ID’s must show a current address. Citizens who register to vote before Tuesday, Jan. 8, can vote early.

Grace-period registration and voting is Wednesday, Jan. 9, through Tuesday, Jan. 22, only at the Cook County Clerk’s main office at 69 West Washington Street, Room 500, in Chicago. Citizens taking advantage of grace-period registration must show two pieces of ID to register and must vote absentee, either in person immediately after signing up to vote or receive an absentee ballot by mail. Grace-period registrants are not allowed to vote at the polls on Election Day or at any early voting site.

Thursday, Dec. 27, is the first day citizens can apply for an absentee ballot by mail. To apply, visit or applications are available at the City Clerk’s Office.

Monday, Jan. 14 through Thursday Jan. 31, voters can vote early on the second floor of the Evanston Civic Center from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and two Saturday mornings, January 19 and 26, from 9 a.m. to noon.   Any voter in suburban Cook County can vote early at 2100 Ridge or at the Cook County Clerk’s five suburban courthouses or Chicago office at 69 West Washington, 5th floor. Voters must provide a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, State ID or passport to vote.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, (9 a.m. to noon) and Monday, Feb. 1 through 4, voters may vote in-person absentee only at the Cook County Clerk’s office downtown at 69 West Washington and at the five suburban Courthouses.

Polls for the Tuesday, Feb. 5, Presidential Primary election will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Evanston residents can find their polling places by visiting the city website or by calling the Evanston City Clerk’s Office, (847) 866-2925.

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