PALOS, IL—If you’re going to be out of town or can’t handle the pressure of voting on election day—Nov. 8—early voting starts Oct. 24 for suburban Cook County voters for the Illinois gubernatorial election.
All registered Cook County voters are eligible to vote at a Cook County early voting center. The Cook County Clerk’s Office offers additional information about voter registration and finding your polling place on Election Day.
Early voting for Palos voters starts Oct. 24 and continues through Nov. 7. Voters do not need to give a reason why they cannot make it to the polls on Election Day. There are 51 early voting locations in suburban Cook County, including the Bridgeview, Markham, Maybrook, Skokie and Rolling Meadows courthouses.
Voter registration is also available at early voting sites, but you need to fill out an application and vote that day. Bring a government ID (drivers license, state ID, passport) along with two pieces of mail with your current address, such as a utility bill, lease, bank statement, etc.
Find a convenient location near you on the Cook County Clerk’s website. Early voting sites will be open during the following hours:
- 9 am to 5 pm Oct. 24 through Oct. 28 Oct 29 and Nov 5.
- 10 am to 4 pm Oct. 30 and Nov 5.
- 9 am to 7 pm Oct. 31 to Nov. 4, and Nov. 7.
Early voting will expand to these locations starting Oct. 24:
- Palos Heights Recreation Center, 6601 W. 127th St.
- Alsip Village Hall, 4500 W. 123rd St.
- Crestwood Civic Center, 13820 S. Cicero Ave.
- Oak Lawn Village Hall, 9446 S. Raymond Ave.
- Burbank (Prairie Trails Library Dist.), 8449 S. Moody Ave.
Mail-in ballot drop boxes are also available at the Cook County Clerk’s Office and at the Alsip and Crestwood early voting locations.
If you’re not registered to vote, you can register online through Oct. 23. Voters can also register to vote on election day at your polling place.
State laws require early voters to provide a valid photo ID to an election official before receiving a ballot to vote early. Valid forms of ID include a current driver’s license, a driver’s license or state ID, university/college ID or another government-issued ID with a photo, such as a passport.
Request A Mail-In Ballot
The last day to request a mail-in ballot, including military and overseas voters, is Nov. 3; the last day to postmark a mail-in ballot is Nov. 8.
What’s On The Nov. 8 Ballot
From the governor’s race to secretary of state to attorney general, here’s a look at what’s on the ballot across Illinois.
- Palos Heights, Palos Hills and Palos Park voters will also decide on Illinois’ 6th Congressional District, which pits incumbent Democrat Sean Casten against Republican Keith Pekau.
Illinois voters are also asked to weigh in on an amendment to the state constitution allowing workers the right to organize and bargain collectively.
The bill, which was drafted by the Illinois General Assembly in 2021, provides that “employees shall have the fundamental right to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing for the purpose of negotiating wages, hours and working conditions and to “protect their economic welfare and safety at work.”