Voter Information for Wheeling Township Residents
One of the most important definitions of democracy is exercising your right to vote. Voting is a privilege, right and duty of each citizen, and Wheeling Township is dedicated to ensuring residents have correct information, so they are registered and aware of key dates leading up to Election Day.
"Voting is a key element of a successful democracy; we owe it to ourselves as citizens to exercise that right," said Township Supervisor, Kathleen Penner. "Wheeling Township's Clerk is available to register new voters and provide election information to all residents."
Voter Registration and Voting in November 2020
In this year's Presidential and General Election on November 3, 2020, candidates for President, U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, Illinois State Legislative offices, and local judges will be on the ballot.
Registering to Vote
If you are not registered, have just moved into the Township, have moved to another residence in the Township, or changed your name, you need to register in order to vote in the upcoming election.
1. Register to Vote at Wheeling Township (by appointment only) You'll need two forms of identification (one showing your current address), to be a citizen of the United States, be 18 years of age or older by, or on November 3, 2020, and to have lived in the Township for at least 30 days before the election. For naturalized citizens, you must prove the date of your naturalization. Call the Township at 847-259-7730 to make an appointment.
2. Register Online If you have an Illinois driver's license or state ID, you may register at cookcountyclerk.com/agency/register-vote. If you do not have a driver's license or state ID, visit the website and complete the form online, print, sign and mail it to the address on the application. If you register by mail, you must bring a valid, state-issued picture identification when you vote for the first time.
3. Register During Early Voting or on Election Day If you register on Election Day, you may only register and vote in your home precinct. If you register to vote during early voting, it must be completed at an early voting location. If you are registering on the same day that you vote, you will need to bring two forms of identification card and one must show where you live. Acceptable identification information can be found here: cookcountyclerk.com/service/when-voters-do-and-dont-need-identification-id.
How to Vote
1. At Your Local Polling Place Cast your vote on November 3, 2020. However, if you moved and you have lived less than 30 days in your new home, you need to vote in your old precinct or change your registration at your new polling place on Election Day.
2. Early Voting From October 19 through November 2, 2020, you can vote in person at certain early voting locations. In Wheeling Township, the Arlington Heights Village Hall is an early voting location.
3. By Mail If you wish to vote by mail, obtain an application for a mail ballot at Wheeling Township, or contact Cook County at cookcountyclerk.com/agency/vote-mail. Applications for mail ballots may be requested until October 29, 2020. The actual ballot will not be sent until closer to the November 3, 2020 Election date.
For more information, contact Wheeling Township at 847-259-7730, or visit: wheelingtownship.com or cookcountyclerk.com/agency/ways-vote.