A number of new voting and voter registration procedures meant to make things easier on voters will be in effect in November’s General Election.
Cook County Clerk David Orr and County Commissioner Larry Suffredin (D-13th) will explain them in a town hall meeting next week in Wilmette.
Some of the changes are pilot programs set just for November’s election and only in Cook County.
The town hall is scheduled for Monday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Wilmette Park Dist. Community Recreation Center at 3000 Glenview Rd. The event is co-sponsored by State Sen. Daniel Biss (D-9th), and state representatives Lou Lang (D-16th), Laura Fine (D-17th) and Robyn Gable (D-18th).
Early voting is being extended for the November election. Some early voting locations will now be open until the Sunday before Election Day and early voting sites will now be open later, until at least 7 p.m. during the final eight weekdays before Election Day.
In past elections, no identification was required when voting before Election Day. Now a new linked database system allows cross checking of voter signatures across early voting sites, eliminating the need for identification.
Same day voter registration will also be available both on Election Day and at least seven selected early voting sites yet to be determined, Orr’s spokesman Jim Scalzitti said.
A piece of identification would be needed to register to vote at voting sites for same day registration, but not to vote that same day, Scalzitti said.
New this year is also voter registration on line through the Illinois State Board of Elections website (www.ovr.elections.il.us).
On line voter registration requires a driver’s license or state ID number, the last four digits of a voter’s social security number and an email address to verify identity.