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Posted on: September 30, 2020

Important Information for Voters

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There are several ways for Riverside residents to cast a ballot in the upcoming Presidential Election.  Early Voting begins locally on October 19, 2020.  The Early Voting locations closest to Riverside are:  Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Avenue, Brookfield and Lyons Village Hall, 4200 S. Lawndale, Lyons.  Hours for Early Voting are Monday—Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.  Early Voting is available at these locations through Monday, November 2, 2020.  Residents frequently ask why there are no early voting locations in Riverside.  Unfortunately, the Village does not have a handicap accessible facility that can accommodate a polling place for two weeks.  The Cook County Clerk’s office is the local election authority for Riverside and all of suburban Cook County, and as such, determines where polling places are located throughout suburban Cook County.  For a complete list of Early Voting locations, please click here.  


Voting by Mail is another option for residents.  Applications for mail ballots are available at the Village office or online.  Click here to fill out an application online.  Completed ballot requests must be returned to the Cook County Clerk’s office, not the village office.   Once the Cook County Clerk receives a request for a ballot, they will mail a ballot that can be completed and returned by mail or returned to a Ballot Drop Box.  The Drop Box locations closest to Riverside are the Brookfield Village Hall or Lyons Village Hall.  Ballots will be collected from Drop Boxes daily.  If you plan to return your ballot by mail, please allow sufficient time for delivery.  Voters who apply for a ballot online will receive an email advising that a ballot is being mailed to them.  They will also receive an email notifying them when their completed ballot has been received by the Cook County Clerk.


In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, residents are strongly encouraged to vote early or vote by mail to avoid having to stand in line at their regular polling place on Election Day. 


Residents are also encouraged to confirm their voter registration status and polling place location by visiting the Your Voter Information page of the Cook County Clerk’s website.   

 

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