Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin and Cook County Clerk David Orr will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting to discuss changes in state law that will impact suburban elections this fall.
The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 14, at the Wilmette Park District Community Recreation Center at 3000 Glenview Road in Wilmette.
State Sen. Daniel Biss and state representatives Lou Lang, Laura Fine and Robyn Gabel are co-sponsoring the event.
The changes include:
- Election day voter registration at limited sites.
- Longer hours for early voting’s final week.
- Identification requirements for people who register and vote on the same day.
- The state’s newly-launched online voter registration system.
- A campus-based voting option for some Illinois university students who want to register and vote on election day.
“It is important for Cook County residents to understand the upcoming changes to our election law and how it will affect voting in November,” Suffredin said.
Orr added, “The most exciting part of the new law is election day registration -- a pilot program available at selected sites. In the future, we hope to implement it in our regular precincts, county-wide. This, plus extended early voting hours and Illinois' online voter registration, are sure steps forward for voter participation.”