The deadline for registering to vote in next month’s election isTuesday, March 10. School board and park district positions are among the offices up for election in the April 7 balloting. 

“The first step to make sure you have a say in how your town or school district is governed is to make sure you’re registered to vote,” Cook County Clerk David Orr says. “Especially if you have recently moved, you need to confirm you are registered at your new address.”
Suburban Cook County voters can verify their registration status by using the “Your Voter Information” tool on the clerk’s website.
Residents can register to vote online or in person at the Evanston city clerk’s office or at county clerk’s offices in downtown Chicago or Skokie. To register, applicants must have two pieces of identification, including one containing a current address. Neither needs to be a photo ID.
To qualify to vote, a resident must be a United States citizen, at least 18 years old by election day 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.
Early voting will be held March 23 through April 4. Mail ballot applications are now being accepted.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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