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Tri-Cities Guide to Registering to Vote

Tuesday, Sept. 25 is National Voter Registration Day! Here's the place to start for information you need to know to register—from the IDs you will need to have with you to places you can go to register.

Tuesday, Sept. 25, is National Voter Registration Day, a day whose purpose is to remind people to get out to register to vote in the upcoming elections.

Of course the November election is what’s on a lot of minds right now — the next president will be chosen then. But coming up in April 2013 is the consolidated election, when voters will elect new city council members, village board members, as well as trustees for park district, school board and community college boards, among others.

The League of Women Voters of Central Kane County will be conducting two voter registration events today — one from 9 a.m. to noon at Waubonsee Community College’s Aurora campus, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Waubonsee Community College’s Sugar Grove campus.

Not convenient enough for Tuesday — don’t worry, the League of Women Voters is hosting a series of other events in the Tri-Cities through Oct. 9, which is the last day you can register to vote in the November election.

But you don’t have to wait. The Kane County Clerk’s Office voter registration web page offers other options as well, including a listing of the official sites where you can register to vote.

According to the Kane County Clerk’s Office voter registration web page, to be eligible to vote, you must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Be 18 years of age by the next election.
  • Reside in the precinct for 30 days prior to the next election.

The Kane County Clerk’s Office voter registration web page also notes that to register, you will need two acceptable forms of identification, one of which must include your name and residence address. The site list such identification forms as:

  • Driver's license
  • Social Security card
  • Employee ID card
  • Student ID card
  • Credit card
  • Library card
  • Insurance card
  • Selective Service card
  • Civic membership card
  • Fraternal membership card
  • Union membership card
  • Professional association membership card
  • Utility bill
  • Checkbook

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