Voting & Elections

Updated October 19, 2020

The General Election is Tuesday, November 3. Find information especially for Suburban Cook County voters below, including how to vote by mail.

Executive Director David J. Seleb talks about democracy, libraries, and voting in this three-minute video.

Vote early at Oak Park Village Hall through November 2

Voters may cast an early vote at Oak Park Village Hall, 123 Madison St., from October 19 through November 2, during the hours shown here. Details on early voting are posted on the Village website.

DateTime
Monday, October 19–Friday, October 238:30 am–7 pm
Saturday, October 24–Sunday, October 259 am–5 pm
Monday, October 26–Friday, October 308:30 am–7 pm
Saturday, October 31–Sunday, November 19 am–5 pm
Monday, November 28:30 am–7 pm
Tuesday, November 3 (ELECTION DAY)CLOSED
Residents must cast ballots at their designated polling place. Find your polling place »

Find your Election Day polling place

It may be different this year

If you choose to vote on Tuesday, November 3, please make sure you know where to go before that day. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, your designated Oak Park polling place may not be the same as in past years. Find your polling place »

Libraries open as polling places only

On Election Day, all three library buildings—the Main Library, Dole Branch, and Maze Branch—will be open, but as polling places only. Library services inside the library buildings and virtual customer service will be unavailable. That means no picking up your holds, no browsing the shelves, and no customer service. 

Be prepared to wait in line outside; wear a face covering

If a library building is your polling place this year, please know that you may have to wait in line outside due to new safety guidelines managed by the Cook County Clerk’s office. Please wear a face covering, and follow all instructions from the Cook County Election Authority.

Vote by mail & return your ballot early

1. Apply for a vote-by-mail ballot

Important: Apply as early as possible to make sure you receive your ballot in time to vote.

  • Any registered suburban Cook County voter may request a vote-by-mail ballot
  • Applications can be submitted online or by mailing in a paper application
  • October 29 is the last day to request a mail ballot
  • Once your application is verified, a paper ballot will be mailed in late September/early October to the mailing address designated on your application
  • When you apply online, you’ll receive emails confirming to let you know when:
    • Your ballot has been mailed to you
    • Your ballot has been processed and counted

2. Return your vote-by-mail ballot ASAP

Important: Mark and return your ballot as soon as possible. Your ballot must be postmarked no later than Election Day (November 3) and received at the Cook County Clerk’s office within 14 days after Election Day.

All vote-by-mail ballots come with postage-paid ballot return envelopes. Carefully read and follow all instructions. Once you have completed your ballot, you may:

Voting guides

  • VoteForJudges.org. Includes evaluations of judicial candidates on the ballot, including results from the Alliance of Bar Associations and the Chicago Bar Association, and Chicago Tribune endorsements.
  • WTTW’s 2020 Voter Guide. Includes information for voters in Chicago and Illinois, candidate profiles, recorded video messages from candidates, and links to ongoing political coverage from WTTW News.
  • Illinois Voter Guide. From the League of Women Voters of Illinois, a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. Enter your address to find what’s on your ballot, and create a personalized voting guide.

Double-check your voter info

Get key information unique to your voting address or to you:

  • Your registration status
  • A sample ballot
  • Your polling place or early voting site
  • Your elected officials
  • Your mail ballot status

You can still register to vote

Grace Period Registration and Voting extends the registration period by allowing voters to register and vote until the Monday before an election.

And on Election Day, voters who are not registered to vote can register and vote at their home precinct only.

To register to vote, you:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be at least 17 years old on or before the date of the Primary Election and turn 18 on or before the date of the General or Consolidated Election. See upcoming election dates »
  • Must live in your election precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day
  • Must not be serving a sentence of confinement in any penal institution as a result of a conviction
  • May not claim the right to vote anywhere else

Source: ova.elections.il.gov

Key dates for the November 3 election

October 6Last day to register by paper application
October 7–November 2Grace period registration and voting (in person)
October 18Last day to register online
October 19–November 2Early voting period
October 29Last day to request a mail ballot
November 3Election Day and last day mail ballots can be postmarked
Source: https://www.cookcountyclerk.com/agency/2020-elections

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