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Election 2016

Important Dates for 2016 General Election

  • Aug.10 - Nov. 3: Apply for mail ballot
  • Sept. 29 - Nov. 7 : Early voting at Board of Elections
  • Oct. 11: Last day for regular voter registration
  • Oct. 23: last day for online voter registration at http://ova.elections.il.gov
  • Oct. 12 - Nov. 7: Grace period registration (must vote at same time)
  • Oct. 24 - Nov. 7: Early voting at selected sites
  • Nov. 8: Election Day

LWV-Wilmette Candidate Forum October 15, 2016

On Oct 15,2016 LWV Wilmette joined with sister Leagues Glenview/Glencoe, Winnetka/Northfield/Kenilworth, and Evanston to host an event featuring candidate forums for two races. These were the 9th Congressional race, with candidates Jan Schakowsky(D) and Joan Lasonde(R), and the 18th District State Representative race, with candidates Robin Gabel(D) and Jessica Tucker(Independent). If you missed it,click here to go to the Village website's videos page and look under "Special Programs". The two forums will be listed separately.

LWVCC Video Voter's Guide

The League of Women Voters of Cook County has partnered with WTTW, Channel 11, to provide voters with 2-minute videos of the candidates for statewide and Cook County races.
Here's your chance to actually see and hear candidates for Congress, Cook County, and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.
Click here to access the videos and texts of candidate statements.

How to Register to Vote Online!

Go to http://ova.elections.il.gov
There is a link to determine if the person is already registered.
To use this method of registration the person must have either an Illinois Driver's License or State ID. The address on this ID must be the same as the current residence from which the person wants to register.
The person will be asked for the last 4 digits of her/his Social Security number to complete the registration.

A few hints:
Driver's licenses begin with a letter (first letter of the last name)
State IDs end with a letter (first letter of the last name)
For the letters I, O and S a number if a number is inserted instead this is not valid and the registration will not be processed.
On the address screen it is not necessary to fill in "post direction"
If an email address is supplied (optional) the voter might receive emails from the political parties.
At the end if the registration is "matched" there will be a reference number, suggest that a screen shot be taken.

Where to Vote Including Early Voting

Go to https://ova.elections.il.gov/RegistrationLookup.aspx to find your polling place.
No ID is required for voting in the voter's home precinct on Election Day unless the voter is voting for the first time and has registered by mail without verification. This information would be indicated to the judges by the Electronic Poll Book.

Wilmette residents can vote early at Centennial Park, 2300 Old Glenview Rd., Wilmette, IL on the following dates:

  • Monday-Friday: Oct. 24-28: 9am-5pm
  • Saturday Oct. 29: 9am-5pm
  • Sunday Oct. 30: 9am-3pm
  • Monday-Friday Oct. 31- Nov. 4: 9am-7pm
  • Saturday Nov.5: 9am-5pm
  • Sunday Nov. 6: 9am-3pm
  • Monday Nov. 7: 9am-5pm

Procedures for Vote by Mail Ballots

You can request a Vote by Mail ballot online at http://www.cookcountyclerk.com/elections/mailvoting/Pages/default.aspx. This site also has complete information on requesting a paper ballot. For questions call 312-603-0946 or email Mail.voting@cookcounty.gov.

Apply as early as possible to make sure you receive your ballot in time to vote. Your ballot must be postmarked no later than Election Day and received at the Cook County Clerk's office within 14 days after Election Day.

If you apply using a paper form, the Clerk's office will verify your eligibility and compare the signature on your application against the signature on your voter registration record before issuing a ballot. If you apply online, the system verifies your eligibility with the data you provide. Regardless of how you apply, the signature on your ballot will be compared against the signature in your voter file before your ballot is counted.

Candidate Information From "Ballot Ready"

It can be difficult for even the most informed voter to research every candidate on his or her ballot. As a result, some voters guess, others skip candidates, and some just stay home altogether.

A new site called "Ballot Ready" makes it easy for every voter to research the candidates on his or her ballot and make informed decisions based on what he or she cares about. Ballot Ready provides free, nonpartisan background information on every candidate and referendum on a voter's ballot.

Beginning October 4, 2016 go to to http://www.ballotready.org, type in your address and you can find out the candidates who will be on your ballot!

Other Online Sources for Voter Information

For information on the judges races and retention elections go to http://WWW.VOTEFORJUDGES.ORG. Starting September 22 this website will have the evaluations and recommendations from 12 bar associations and the endorsements of the Chicago Tribune.

Vote411.org Find the facts about voting in your state at Vote411.org.

Another website with comprehensive ballot information plus additional information about the candidates is http://www.votersedge.org.

Find information about the next election including your polling place and sample ballots at .....

Cook County Clerk:http://www.cookctyclerk.com/

Your Polling Place May Have Changed

Your polling place may have changed!! To save Cook County money on election costs, a number of polling places have been consolidated. Of the 65 precincts that existed in New Trier Township, 19 have been eliminated. Check the website:

Cook County Clerk Polling Place

Once on the website, go to Elections. Then put in the required information, which includes your name and address. Click GO and you will then see your polling place.

You can also contact the Cook County Clerk's office by phone at (312) 603-5656.

Boundaries for State and Congressional Districts