Evanston’s Voting Guide for the 2022 General Election


The 2022 midterm elections will be held nationwide on Tuesday, November 8, but there are still many important deadlines ahead for Evanstonians.

In front of a polling station in 2021.

Illinois allows voters to register in person or by mail until Tuesday, October 11 and online until Sunday, October 23. Beyond these timeframes, Illinois also has a “Grace period” up to and including polling day, allowing voters to register in person at their polling station.

And as for the actual election date, Evanston polls will be open for voters to vote from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Anyone queuing before 7 p.m. has the right to stay in line and vote.

According to Cook County’s post-election report, residents of Evanston cast a total of 13,234 votes in the June primary election this year, down sharply from the total of 21,251 in 2018.

Evanston also has the dubious distinction of having the three lowest voter turnouts (as a percentage of registered voters) of any suburban Cook County; the lowest was Precinct 7-6, covering roughly the southern half of Northwestern University’s campus, which received no primary votes.

Elizabeth Hubbard at the Hillside Free Methodist Church in June 2022 with fellow election judges Ellen Van Bolhuis (centre) and Amanda Bridges in the background. Credit: Richard Cahan

In Illinois in November, the race for the marquee is for governor and lieutenant governor, as incumbent Democrats JB Pritzker and Julianna Stratton run for their second terms against Republicans Darren Bailey and Stephanie Trussell. Also near the top of the ballot is a statewide referendum to add a “right to collective bargaining” to the state constitution, guaranteeing the protection of labor organization and banning the “right to bargain collectively”. at work” at all levels.

Those big-money races aside, Evanston voters will have a dizzying array of choices to make. This article provides information on how Evanstonians can vote; a separate article, to be published shortly, will cover all of the offices and metrics that will appear on Evanston’s ballots.

Where can I vote?

Cook County Clerk “Your voter information” The tool provides voters with their specific polling station on Election Day, based on their address. Evanston has a total of 25 polling stationseach location being assigned to one to three of Evanston’s 46 polling stations.

  • Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road
  • Jane R. Perlman Apartments, 1900 Sherman Ave.
  • Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes Street
  • Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.
  • McGaw YMCA, 1000 Grove St.
  • Beth Emet Synagogue, 1224 Dempster Street
    • Constituencies 2-2, 4-1 and 4-4
  • Joseph E. Hill Early Childhood Center, 1500 McDaniel Ave.
  • Washington Elementary School, 914 Ashland Ave.
  • Robert Crown Community Center, 1801 Main Street
  • Nichols Middle School, 800 Greenleaf Street
    • Constituencies 3-1, 3-2 and 4-2
  • Lake Street Church, 607 Lake Street
  • Place Reba Church, 620 Madison Street
  • Lincoln Elementary School, 910 Forest Ave.
  • Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster Street
  • Northminster Presbyterian Church, 2515 Central Park Ave.
  • Willard Elementary School, 2700 Hurd Ave.
  • Hillside Free Methodist Church, 2727 Crawford Ave.
  • Lincolnwood Elementary School, 2600 Colfax Street
  • Haven Middle School, 2417 Prairie Ave.
    • Wards 6-5, 7-1 and 7-2
  • Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd.
  • Baha’i National Center, 1233 Central Street
  • Dawes Elementary School, 440 Dodge Ave.
  • Oakton Elementary School, 436 Ridge Ave.
    • Wards 8-2, 8-3 and 8-4
  • Grace Lutheran Church, 1430 South Blvd.
  • Chute Middle School, 1400 Oakton Street

Can I still register to vote?

Illinois allows voters to register in person or by mail until Tuesday, October 11 and online until Sunday, October 23. Beyond these timeframes, Illinois also has a “Grace period” until polling day allowing voters to register in person at their polling station.

To register, you must provide two pieces of identification, one of which shows that you have lived at your current address for at least 30 days before Election Day. from Evanston voting webpage lists acceptable forms of identification. The League of Women Voters website can also help.

How to vote by mail?

Registered voters can request to vote by mail on county clerk’s website, and are required to provide their driver’s license/state ID number, the last four digits of their Social Security number, the address they would like the ballot mailed to, and their email address. mail. If voters do not have one of these requirements, they can print a paper application from the website to complete manually and mail it to the county clerk’s office.

Voters are advised to register as soon as possible if they wish to vote by post. Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and received within 14 days of Election Day to be counted.

Voters can now also register to vote by mail permanently, provided they remain at the same address. Election officials began sending standing nominations to each of Illinois’ 8 million registered voters in August. More information can be found at www.IllinoisVotes2022.com.

How to vote earlier?

All Illinois voters can vote early and are not required to provide a reason or excuse for doing so. However, early voting is limited to specific locations in Cook County; in Evanston, it will be held at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center on Ridge Avenue.

Early voting will be open from Monday, October 24 through Monday, November 7, the day before Election Day, at the following times:

  • Oct. 24 to Oct. 29: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Oct. 30: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Oct. 31 to Nov. 4: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Nov. 5: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Nov. 6: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Nov. 7: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

How do I report voter fraud?

Complaints of violations of the Illinois Election Code should be sent in writing to the Executive Director of the Board of Elections. The complaint must include a variety of information listed on the council’s website.

Do I need ID with me to vote?

If you are already registered, you do not need to show any ID to vote. If you are not registered, you will need to provide the two pieces of identification mentioned above to register on site; if you cannot provide the required identification, you will only be able to vote with a provisional ballot.

What’s on the ballot?

Evanston’s ballots are packed, covering a total of three referendums, two federal legislators, six state executives, three state legislators, seven county seats, two water commissioners and 21 state judges in different levels.

To save this article from going on too long, a full voting guide will be posted separately going through each race Evanstonians will be voting on. This article will be updated with links to this voting guide once it is published.


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