There are four ways you can vote in the November 3, 2020 General Election:


Any registered voter can vote by mail. You can apply online now for a mail ballot. The last day to apply for a mail ballot is five days before Election Day. Click on this link and then follow the on-screen instructions.

If you prefer, you can click here to print out an application for a mail ballot in any of 12 languages. You can print it out, complete it, and mail it to the County Clerk.

When you receive your ballot, follow the instructions to complete it. You must mail your ballot by Election Day, but don’t wait until the last minute. Make sure your ballot is postmarked by Election Day. Please mail it within a few days after you receive it. Better yet: deposit in the secure dropbox at one of the early voting sites (see following paragraph). That’s the best way to make sure your vote counts.


From October 19 through November 2, 2020, you can vote at any early voting site in suburban Cook County or at the County Clerk's office downtown. Early voting sites in our area include:

     Rolling Meadows Courthouse (2121 Euclid Ave., Rolling Meadows)

     Palatine Village Hall (200 E. Wood St., Palatine)

     Hoffman Estates Village Hall (1900 Hassell Road, Hoffman Estates)

     Arlington Heights Village Hall (33 S. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights)

Hours are different at each location. You can get the hours by clicking here.


You can register and vote at the same time from October 7 through November 2, 2020. Grace period registration and voting extends the registration period by allowing voters to register and vote until the day before an election. It is also the only way to vote if you are not registered or if your voter registration is not up to date. However, guidelines limit when and where grace period registrants can vote. During grace period registration, voters must register and vote in person at one of the locations listed on the County Clerk's website. Individuals wishing to vote during the grace period must bring two pieces of identification to register. Grace period registrants immediately cast their ballot after registering to vote.


Polling places are open from 6am to 7pm. To find your polling place, go to the County Clerk's website and enter the information requested.

A resident who is not registered to vote may register and cast a ballot on Election Day thanks to same-day registration and voting. A person who wishes to register on Election Day must present two qualifying forms of ID.

If you have any questions, email [email protected] or call (847) 454-0134.

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  • Matthew A. Flamm
    published this page 2016-01-21 00:07:52 -0600
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