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updated: 2/20/2014 2:14 PM

Suburban Cook County voters can apply for mail ballots online

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A new online mail ballot application for suburban Cook County voters has been launched to expedite the mail balloting process.

"Instead of printing out a paper application, filling it out and mailing it in, you can complete the entire application online," said Cook County Clerk David Orr.

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The application can be used on all platforms. On a PC or laptop, visit Click "Apply," read the instructions and click "continue."

On a tablet or smartphone, visit Select the "Search By Birthday" tab.

To complete an online application, you will need an email address; your Illinois driver's license or state ID number; the last four digits of your Social Security number and the address where you want your ballot mailed. The virtual mail ballot application is translated into Spanish, Hindi and Chinese.

The deadline to apply is March 13. Your completed ballot must be postmarked no later than March 17 and received at the Cook County Clerk's office within 14 days of Election Day.

Questions? Call (312) 603-0946 or email

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