Voter Registration and Election Information

There are three ways to register to vote:
1) Online - Paperless
2) Paper
3) In person

1) Paperless Online Voter Application - POVA
If you wish to register to vote or change your voter information and you have an Illinois driver’s license or Illinois identification card, you can do so yourself by going to www.cookcountyclerk.com/registertovote and clicking on the link under

Section 1. Online.
The link takes you to the Paperless Online Voter Application (POVA). Simply type in the required information and click to submit your registration. The Cook County Clerk’s Office will send you an email confirming receipt of you application and a second email confirming receipt of your data. A voter registration card will be mailed to your home a few weeks after the second email.

Persons who register to vote using POVA must:
  • be a U.S. citizen.
  • be at least 18 years of age by the next November General Election.
  • have an Illinois driver’s license or Illinois identification card. Note: If you do not have either of these, you cannot use the online application.
POVA is available from now until the close of registration – 28 days before an election. (For the March 15, 2016 Presidential Primary Election, registration closes on February 16.)

2) Paper – Go to www. CookCountyClerk.com/elections, print the mail-in voter registration application, fill it out, sign it and mail it in.

3) In Person - You may also register to vote at the Village of Niles Administration Building during regular business hours – Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You must:
  • be a U.S. citizen.
  • be at least 18 years of age by the next November General Election.
  • show two forms of identification, both of which show your legal name, and one of which includes your current address. A valid Illinois driver’s license or Illinois identification card is preferable.
To learn more about registering to vote, early voting, voting by mail, or to check your registration status or polling location, go to www.CookCountyClerk.com/elections or call the Village Clerk’s office at 847-588-8003.

For election results, go to www.CookCountyClerk.com/elections/results

Work on Election Day: Citizens can serve as an election judge on election day.  Information on this paid opportunity is available at cookcountyclerk.com/judges.