Early Voting For April 2 Election Starts March 18; Clerk Hiring Poll Workers

Saturday, March 16, 2019 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

Early voting for the April 2 Suburban Consolidated Election will start Monday, March 18, at 52 sites, according to a statement released March 15 by Cook County Clerk Karen Yarbrough’s office. Early voting ends Monday, April 1.

Voters can find a list of those early voting sites, along with their hours of operation, at: cookcountyclerk.com/EarlyVoting.

“Suburban Cook County voters can vote early at any one of the Early Voting sites throughout suburban Cook County, in addition to the Clerk’s main office at 69 W. Washington St., Chicago,” the statement from Clerk Yarbrough’s office reads.

“All Early Voting sites are open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., including the five suburban courthouses,” the clerk added. “A handful of sites are open until 7 p.m. on select days – voters should check the Clerk’s website for hours and locations.”

No ID is necessary to vote early, although voters may choose to bring it with them to expedite the check-in process. In addition to early voting, registered voters can request a mail ballot from the clerk’s website, until March 28. Mail ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, April 2.

A map of early voting sites in suburban Cook County. | Cook County Clerk

Voter registration

“Cook County residents can register online to vote, now through Sunday, March 17,” the clerk’s office explained. “Those who miss the voter registration deadline for this election can still register at any of the Early Voting sites. During this Grace Period, voters not yet registered must provide two forms of identification – one with current address – to register, and they must vote in person at the time that they register. A government-issued photo ID is not required to vote early.”

The full list of candidates, referenda, and write-in candidates can be found under the 2019 Elections section of cookcountyclerk.com. If you cast a ballot during early voting, you cannot vote on Election Day or vote by mail.

If you’re not sure whether you’re able to vote, utilize the Your Voter Information Tool on the clerk’s website.

Become an election poll worker

On March 14, Clerk Yarbrough announced that her office needs election judges and equipment managers to serve across suburban Cook County on April 2.

“Applicants must complete the required training, set up the voting equipment the night before Election Day and serve from 5:00 a.m. until the results are transmitted and the equipment has been packed on election night,” reads the statement the clerk released earlier this week.

“There are two positions available: Election Judge and Equipment Manager. Both assist voters and ensure the polling place is running smoothly. Election Judges earn $200 and Equipment Managers earn $340. Equipment Managers have greater responsibility for setting up and maintaining the voting equipment. Due to the additional responsibilities, Equipment Managers receive more training and higher pay.”

If you’re interested in serving in either position, you should apply soon, so that you’ll have enough time to take part in the training sessions. You can apply online at: cookcountyclerk.com/work, by email at elect.judge@cookcountyil.gov or by calling (312) 603-0970. VFP

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