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Cook County early voting starts Oct. 19

The lines are long in Chicago for early voting, but Homewood and Flossmoor residents will have to wait until Monday, Oct. 19, for the start of early voting in suburban Cook County.

Voters will find locations open seven days a week between Oct. 19 and Nov. 2. The Cook County Board of Elections has designated Prairie State College, 202 S. Halsted St. in Chicago Heights, as an early voting center.

Voters are not required to present identification, but a photo ID is helpful, should any questions arise about a voter’s registration, address or signature.

If you wish to vote but haven’t registered, you can register at the polling place and vote the same day. To register, bring two forms of ID, including one showing the voter’s current address.

Early voters use touch screens to cast their votes.

Election judges will be at Prairie State’s Conference Center, Proven IT Room 1318 from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, Oct. 19 to 23 and Oct. 26 through 30, and on Nov. 2.  The conference center will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27. Weekend hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24 and 25, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

Other regional early voting locations are the Cook County Courthouse, Room 238, at 16501 Kedzie Ave. in Markham, and Matteson Community Center, 20642 Matteson Ave. in Matteson.

Voting information sources:
League of Women Voters Illinois voting guide
Homewood Public Library Voting 101
Cook County Clerk

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