Voting early? Check out our online election guide

Early voting is now under way at dozens of locations across the suburbs for the April 4 municipal election. Before you head to the voting booth, check out the Daily Herald's online Election Guide and endorsements.

Early voting locations - some of which are open evenings and on weekends - can be found through the county clerk's office or election commission where you live.

All early voting sites will offer grace-period voter registration, allowing citizens to update their voter registration record or register for the first time. Grace period registrants must immediately cast a ballot after registering to vote.

Voters do not need to provide an excuse or reason why they cannot vote on Election Day. A government-issued photo ID is not required to vote, although some clerks say it can be helpful to have one if there are questions about the voter's registration.

People registering to vote should bring two forms of ID, one of which shows the voter's address.

You also can go online at your county clerk's or election commission's site to request a mail-in ballot, but it's best to act quickly. Once you apply, a ballot will be mailed to you. You must complete it and return it postmarked no later than April 4.

The Lake County clerk's office warns that voters making an electronic request for a mail-in ballot must supply an email address that then is available to political parties and campaigns under state law. An alternative is to print a request form from your clerk's or election commission's website, fill out the request and mail it in.

Find early voting sites here:

Aurora Election Commission

Cook County

Lake County

DuPage County

Kane County

McHenry County

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