Chances are for the Consolidated Election, which begins early voting on March 22, the lines won’t resemble those voters faced (above) when they showed up to cast ballots for the presidential election last October. Voter turnout for municipal elections is typically a fraction of presidential elections. (Alex Rogals/Staff Photographer)

Election Day isn’t officially until April 6, but suburban Cook County voters can cast their ballots early for the spring Consolidated Election – for municipal, library, school and township boards – beginning Monday, March 22 at more than 50 sites scattered throughout the county.

If you’re a Landmark reader, you won’t have to travel far to exercise your franchise, because there are several early voting locations close to home, including in Brookfield, Lyons, Stickney and Hodgkins.

The early voting site at Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave., will be open Monday through Saturday, March 22-27 and March 29-April 3, as well as Monday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

The polling place will also be open on Sunday, March 28 and Sunday, April 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Those hours will be identical at the early voting locations at the Lyons Village Hall, 4200 Lawndale Ave.; Hodgkins Village Hall, 8990 Lyons St.; and the Stickney Township North Building, 6721 W. 40th St.

More information on all the Cook County suburban early voting sites and times of operation can be found at cookcountyclerk.com/service/early-voting-locations.

Any registered suburban voter can vote early at any of the suburban early voting locations. All early voting will be done on touch screens, because the machines are able to store every ballot style in the county. Ballots remain secret and are stored securely to be tallied on Election Day.

Unlike last fall, when a crush of early voters swarmed the Brookfield Village Hall’s early voting polling place and officials closed the main lobby for business to limit the spread of COVID-19, residents and contractors will be able to use the front window for village business as usual.

Municipal elections typically draw a fraction of voter interest compared to U.S. presidential elections. The polls this spring are also open for shorter periods each day.

“We’re expecting much less volume, so this round we’re planning on staying open to the public like we are now,” said Brookfield Village Manager Timothy Wiberg.

Voters who are already registered do not need to present an ID to vote, nor does anyone voting early need to provide a reason for doing so.

If you are not registered to vote, suburban residents can register to vote at any of the early voting sites. If you’re registering for the first time or changing your address, you must present two forms of identification, one of which shows your current address.

Visit online at cookcountyclerk.com/service/when-voters-do-and-dont-need-identification-id to learn what forms of ID are acceptable.