Grace period voter registration is under way. It is really important to get registered and to vote. Your vote really does count. It is especially important in the local elections. What affects your community and your day to day lives happens mostly at the local level.
With grace period registration, you register to vote, or update your registration information, prior to the upcoming election. Once you register, you can then vote at that time.
In Kane County, this is being done at the Kane County Clerk’s Office, located at 719 S. Batavia Avenue, Bldg. B, Geneva. In DeKalb County, grace period registration and voting is taking place in the Elections Office at the DeKalb County Clerk’s Office, located at 110 Sycamore Street, Sycamore. Beginning on March 23rd, you can also go to the Blackhawk Annex, located in the Holmes Student Center at NIU, DeKalb.
For Kane County residents, you can get more information by calling (630) 232-5990; for DeKalb County residents, you can get more information by calling (815) 895-7147.
In order to register, you will need two forms of identification. You must be a US citizen, be 18 years of age by the next election, and you must have resided in your precinct for 30 days prior to the next election.
Acceptable forms of ID:
In accordance with [10 ILCS 5/4-10. 5-9, 6-37] The registration officer shall require the applicant to furnish two (2) forms of identification, and except in the case of a homeless individual, one of which must include his or her current residential address. These forms of identification shall include but are not limited to any of the following:
- Driver’s License / State Identification Card
- Social Security Card
- Public Aid Identification Card
- Current Utility Bill
- Employee Identification Card
- Student Identification Card
- Lease or contract for residence
- Credit Card
- Civic Membership Card
- Union Membership Card
- Professional Association Membership Card
Dates to remember:
- March 11, 2015 – Saturday, April 4, 2014: Grace period registration
- March 23, 2015: First day for early voting
- April 6, 2015: Last day to vote in-person absentee at the County Clerk’s office
- April 7, 2015: Consolidated Election (polls open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- April 9, 2015: Voter’s registration opens
Do your civic duty!
[Sources: Kane County Clerk’s website; Kane County Connects; Kane County Election calendar; DeKalb County Clerk’s website.]