VoteButtons350SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Bill Cunningham (18th District) is cautioning suburban Cook County and Chicago residents about misleading reports that the window for voter registration has closed.

In fact, there are still plenty of opportunities to register to vote ahead of the Nov. 6 election.

“Of all the excuses people use not to vote, claiming that it is too hard to register might be the least valid,” Cunningham said. “Thanks to recent changes in the law, there are plenty of opportunities remaining to register to vote between now and the General Election, including the ability to register on Election Day itself.”

Online registration

The easiest way to register is online at the Illinois State Board of Elections website – Online registration is open until Sunday, Oct. 21 and is available to any Illinois citizen who has a driver’s license or state-issued identification.

‘Grace period’ registration

So-called “grace period” registration is available at all Cook County and City of Chicago early voting sites until Nov. 5. New voters can register and vote in-person on the same day at each site as long as they bring two forms of identification.

A full list of early voting sites for Cook County suburban residents is available on the county clerk’s website – A list of early voting sites for Chicago residents is available on the Chicago Board of Elections website –

Both websites offer information about what forms of identification are accepted.

Same-day registration

Eligible voters can register to vote in-person on Election Day. Same-day registration is only possible at a voter’s assigned local polling place. The voter must present two forms of identification to participate in same-day registration, one of which must show a current address.

Suburban residents can find their assigned polling location by entering their home address in a search bar on the clerk’s website at City of Chicago residents can find their assigned polling place on the Chicago Board of Elections website at

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