Village Offers Early Cook County Voting

Village Offers Early Cook County Voting
Posted on 02/28/2012

Early voting has returned to Orland Park. Ballot casting for the March 20 Presidential Primary Election opened at the Orland Park Village Clerk's Office on February 27. Registered Cook County voters may vote early at the Frederick T. Owens Village Hall, 14700 South Ravinia Avenue, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through March 15.

"People were ready to vote early as soon as the site opened," said Orland Park Village Clerk David Maher. "Orland Park has been one of the top early voting sites for all of suburban Cook County for the last few years and we've drawn the highest number of early voters because people know they will get in and out quickly," he added.

In Orland Park, voters are considering candidates for president, congressional representatives, state senators and representatives, commissioners for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, Cook County state's attorney, clerk of the circuit court, recorder of deeds, commissioners for the Board of Review, State Supreme and Appellate Court judges and Cook County Circuit Court judges.

Maher noted. "Any registered suburban Cook County voter can come to the Village Hall to cast their ballot. Once the voter's address is entered into the system, the ballot for their home address appears on the screen," he explained.

To vote early at Orland Park's Frederick T. Owens Village Hall, registered suburban Cook County voters must present photo identification, i.e., driver's license, state identification card, university or college identification, passport, etc.

In-person absentee voting is no longer available in the Orland Park Village Clerk's Office; however, applications to vote by mail are available or can be downloaded from the Clerk's Office area on the village's website at www.orland-park.il.us. Voters can vote by mail if they're going to be out of town or are homebound. They may participate in early voting or vote on Election Day, March 20.

Voting by mail is available for those unable to participate in early voting or go to the polls on Election Day. "Parents whose kids are away at college can ask that a ballot be mailed to them," Maher said.

Village of Orland Park residents will consider a referendum asking if the village should pursue buying electricity in bulk for residential and small business customers. Consumers would continue to receive bills and service calls from ComEd with the actual purchase of electricity from a separate vendor listed on the bill.

Communities across the state are considering electrical aggregation, namely many customers joining together to form a group to buy electrical service. Those who don't want to participate in the village's group buying will be able to opt out.

"This is similar to buying in bulk at the store," explained Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin. "The village buying electricity collectively could potentially mean an annual savings of 15 to 20 percent on the energy portion of an electric bill," the mayor said, adding, "This would be a nice savings for our residents."

To help voters understand electrical aggregation, the village will host two informational community meetings. Representatives from the Northern Illinois Municipal Electric Collaborative (NIMEC) will present information and be available for questions on Tuesday, March 6 at 6 p.m. and Tuesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. at the Orland Park Civic Center, 14750 South Ravinia Avenue.

Orland Park's Village Clerk's Office is located off the main lobby of the Village Hall, 14700 South Ravinia Avenue, one block west of LaGrange Road.

Further information about voting and Orland Park's electrical aggregation referendum is available by calling 708/403-6150 or on the village's website at www.orland-park.il.us.

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