Voter Registration Closes March 8 & Early Voting Begins March 14

Voter Registration Closes March 8 & Early Voting Begins March 14
Posted on 02/23/2011

Voter registration for the April 5 Consolidated Election closes at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8, 2011. Registration for all eligible Cook County voters is available at the Orland Park Village Clerk's Office, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. To register to vote, residents must be United States citizens and at least eighteen years old on or before Election Day, Tuesday, April 5.

"We're reminding people to come in to register before March 8 so they can vote in the local elections on April 5," said Orland Park Village Clerk David Maher. "People who have moved, never registered, changed their names or will be eighteen years old by April 5, 2011 may register to vote," he said.

The Orland Park Village Clerk's Office will offer early voting for the April 5 Consolidated Election for all registered suburban Cook County voters March 14 through March 31, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Early voting will be available on Saturday, March 19 and March 26 from 9:00 a.m. until noon.

"Orland Park has been the top early voting site for all of suburban Cook County for the last few years," said Deputy Village Clerk Joe LaMargo. "We've drawn the highest number of early voters because people know they will get in and get out quickly," he added.

In Orland Park, voters will consider candidates for the local grammar and high school districts, the Orland Park Board of Trustees, the Orland Fire Protection District Board of Trustees and the Orland Park Library Board of Trustees.

"Early voting in Orland Park is not limited to village residents," LaMargo noted. "Any registered suburban Cook County voter can come to the Frederick T. Owens 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 government issued identification, i.e., a valid driver's license or state identification card.

In-person absentee voting is no longer available in the Orland Park Village Clerk's Office; however, applications to receive absentee ballots 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.

"Absentee voting is not available at the Clerk's Office. This is why we're encouraging suburban Cook County voters to take advantage of the Early Voting Program," LaMargo said.

Absentee 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 an absentee ballot be mailed to them," Maher said. Absentee voting is also convenient for homebound voters and no excuse is required to vote absentee.

Orland Park's Village Clerk's Office is located off the main lobby of the Frederick T. Owens Village Hall, 14700 South Ravinia Avenue.

Further information or to request that an absentee ballot be mailed to a Cook County voter, either homebound or out of town is available by calling the Orland Park Village Clerk's Office at 708/403-6150.

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