By Bob Uphues
Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave., will once again be one of 52 early voting sites in suburban Cook County for the Consolidated Election, which culminates on Election Day, April 4.
Early voting begins Monday, March 20 and will continue through April 3 in Brookfield and the rest of the suburban Cook County sites. Any person registered to vote in Cook County can vote early at any of the suburban locations and at the Cook County Clerk's main office at 69 W. Washington Blvd. in downtown Chicago.
In addition, any Cook County resident who is not registered to vote can do so at early voting sites during the early voting period as part of the county clerk's "grace period" registration efforts.
Voters must register in person and bring two pieces of identification to register. Among the forms of identification acceptable for registration are passport or military ID, a driver's license or state ID, a lease or deed to a residence and vehicle registration. Other forms of ID are acceptable; for more information visit the Cook County Clerk's website.
Grace period registrants can vote immediately after registering at an early voting site.
Early voting will take place in the council chamber of the Brookfield Village Hall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday from March 20 to April 3.
Voters don't need an excuse to vote early and a government-issued ID is not required to vote, though it may help in case of questions about a voter's registration, address of signature. ID card readers will be available at every early voting site check-in station.
All early voting will be conducted on touchscreens, which will permit any suburban Cook County voter to vote at any early voting site.
Because the council chamber will be converted into a polling place beginning March 20 through Election Day on April 4, any village board or advisory commission meetings scheduled during that period will be relocated to the lower-level of the village hall.
Brookfield was chosen as an early voting site for the first time in many years for the November 2016 presidential election, and the opportunity to cast ballots early was a hit with voters.
A record number of voters cast ballots early in Cook County overall, with 6,632 ballots – and average of 442 per day -- cast at the Brookfield early voting location.
Nearby suburban Cook County early voting locations
Brookfield is just one of 53 locations (52 of them in the suburbs) where any Cook County voter can cast an early ballot. Here's a list of some of the other nearby early voting locations (the full list is at the Cook County Clerk's website. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from March 20-April 3. Locations marked with an asterisk are also open on Sundays during the early voting period from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.:
- Berwyn City Hall, 6700 W. 26th St.
- Cicero Community Center, 2250 S. 49th Ave.*
- Cicero PSO Building, 5410 W. 34th St.*
- Hodgkins Village Hall, 8990 Lyons St.
- Bridgeview Courthouse, 10220 S. 76th Ave., Room 238
- Maywood Courthouse, Whitcomb Building, 1311 Maybrook Square, Room 104.