Do You Want to Become a Deputy Voter Registrar?
Bureaucracies can be a challenge if you don't have the necessary information
to understand how things work - here is information you need about the process
of becoming a Deputy Voter Registrar and doing Voter Registration in Cook County.
The Chicago Board of
Election Commissioners handles voter registration activities for the City
of Chicago only. The Cook County Clerk's Offices handle voter registration
activities for suburban Cook County only. The Board of Elections offers their
Deputy Registrar Training Courses on a weekly basis. The County Clerk's Office
gives their Deputy Registrar Training by special appointment only.
The offices for the Chicago Board of Elections is
at 69 West Washington in Chicago. The Cook County Clerk also has
offices at 69 West Washington, and at several
other locations around Suburban Cook County.
When a Deputy Registrar does voter registration, there
is paperwork that has to be filled out -- these forms and audits
have to be turned in to the Sponsoring
Agency or at The Board's or Clerk's Offices in person. The Chicago forms
go to the Board of Elections, Suburban Cook County forms go to any
of the County
Sign Up for Training With Your Local Political Party
or Civic Organization as the Sponsoring Agency
To sign up to be a Deputy Registrar, you must work
through a Sponsoring Agency, such as a political party or civic organization.
Only your Sponsor can sign
you up to take training. Individuals are not permitted to sign up on their
all paperwork must be submitted in person, it is helpful to get sponsorship
from an organization close to your home so that you can turn in your paperwork
their local office.
When you choose a Sponsor, you make a commitment to
them to be accountable for turning in all your registration forms
and audits -you must turn in
to your Sponsor or at The Board's or Clerk's Office in person yourself.
Your best choice is to contact your local Political Party Office or a
Organization and ask them to Sponsor you. (For example: call your local
Party Headquarters, Ward Office, Alderman, Councilman, or a civic group
Against War and Injustice, or Rainbow/PUSH)
When and Where Do I Go for
The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners gives
training courses in its office at 69 West Washington St., Chicago,
Illinois. The classrooms
on the eighth
floor. The course takes about two hours:
Scheduled training sessions are:
August 14 - 9:30 am - Saturday
August 18 - 6:00 pm - Wednesday
August 24 - 3:00 pm - Tuesday
August 28 - 9:30 am - Saturday
September 2 - 6:00 pm - Thursday
September 8 - 10:00 am - Wednesday
September 9 - 6:00 pm - Thursday
September 11 - 9:30 pm - Saturday
September 15 - 6:00 pm - Wednesday
September 18 - 9:30 pm - Saturday
September 21 - 10:00 am - Tuesday
September 23 - 6:00 pm - Thursday
The training course offered by the Chicago Board of
Election Commissioners covers the voter registration format for the
City of Chicago, and when
you have completed
your training you will be certified as a Deputy Voter Registrar for
the City of Chicago.
After you take the training and have been certified
as a Deputy Registrar for the City of Chicago, you can then gain
certification and credentials
as a Deputy
Registrar for Suburban Cook County. You can request these credentials
by going to the Cook County Clerk's office on the fifth floor at
69 West Washington,
Chicago - be sure to take along your Chicago Deputy Registrars
credentials (your Purple
Card). Or call Carol Harwell at 312-603-0992 for information and
make arrangements in advance. You must have your Purple Card with
you go to the
fifth floor office of the Cook County Clerk.
You Can Sign Up Here
to Take a Deputy
Registrar Training Course.
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) has
graciously offered to act as the Sponsoring Agency for individuals
who want to take
a Deputy Voter
Registrar Training Course offered by the Chicago Board of Elections.
sign up, send
email with your name, address where you live, phone number (no
pagers), and indicate the date of the training session you wish
send to Megan
firstname.lastname@example.org You must be a registered voter to enroll. Participants
must sign up at least five working days in advance to ensure
enrollment. The training
is given at the Board of Elections offices at 69 West Washington,
Chicago. The classrooms are on the eighth floor. The course takes
about 2 hours.
be contacted by the AFSC for verification.
If you choose to become a Deputy Registrar under the
sponsorship of the American Friends Service Committee, you will be
in all your completed forms and audits to the Chicago Board
of Elections or Cook
County Clerk's offices. Or you can go to the AFSC office at
637 South Dearborn.
Voter Registration Forms - What's the Difference?
Each of the two agencies have their own different
forms and paperwork. Although they are basically the same, there
The main differences
between the voter registration format used for the City of
Chicago, and the format used in Suburban Cook County are
- Suburban Cook County requires the Deputy Registrar
to write down their Registrar ID # on the voter registration
form - the City
of Chicago does
- The City of Chicago format uses the 'Pink Form'
(276A) in conjunction with the registration form, specifying
etc. - this is
not the case with the Suburban Cook County voter registration
- The Audit Report format for City of Chicago voter
registration is different from that of Suburban Cook County.
The last day to register to vote in
Illinois is October 5, 2004.
General Contact Information:
The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners
69 W. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602
The Cook County Clerk's Office
69 W. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602
For information about voter registration activities
in other locations in Illinois, you can find a contact on the Local
Election Authorty List.
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