We encourage everyone who wishes to vote by mail to apply ASAP and consider returning their ballot to an early voting site rather than mailing it in.
If you request a mail in ballot in suburban Cook County, you will be able to track the whole process, from when the office received your ballot request through to when they received your completed ballot. Go here on the Cook County Clerk website and provide your last name, birth date, and either the last four digits of your social security number or driver's license/state ID number.
Mail in ballots are scheduled to go out starting September 24 to all voters who requested them.
Avoid these common mistakes:
Don't be late. Ballots must be postmarked by November 3 and received by November 17. There are
no drop boxes at the polling places on Election Day. The US Post Office recommends that voters request their ballots no later than October 19.
Seal and sign your envelope. Once you complete your ballot, put it in the return envelope , seal your envelope and sign it where indicated. Signatures are matched to your voter records. Do not open your sealed envelope or your ballot will be rejected.
Follow directions and write legibly. Use blue or black ink and make sure you read all the instructions before you fill out your ballot.
If your ballot is rejected, you will be notified within two days after the rejection and have until 14 days after the election to resolve the issue with your local election authority.
For other questions about vote by mail see the Mail Ballot FAQs on the county's website.
If you are unable to vote on Election Day or just want to skip the lines, vote early. Early voting will be available at Park Ridge City Hall and the Des Plaines Public Library. Or, Find another early voting location. Early voting ballots are final. You can also register to vote at every early voting site.
If you would like to check early voting wait times check this viewer. The map refreshes every 20 minutes.
Park Ridge City Hall
505 Butler Place
Des Plaines Public Library
1501 Ellinwood St.
Monday, October 19 - Friday, October 23, 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 24, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, October 25, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday, October 26 - Friday, October 30, 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 31, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, November 1, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday, November 2, 8:30a.m. - 7 p.m.
Find your voting location. The location of your polling place may have changed. Polling place hours are 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you are in line by 7 p.m., you are entitled to vote.
No ID is required to vote in your home precinct on Election Day unless you are voting for the first time and have registered by mail without verification.