News from President Toni Preckwinkle

Election Guide: Suburban Cook County April 5, 2011 Consolidated Election Polls open Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

2011 Cook County Election Guide

Information about tomorrow’s Cook County Consolidated Election:

  • Registered Voters: 1,395,756
  • Grace-period registrants: 397
  • Absentee ballot applications: 6,160*
  • Precincts: 1,937
  • Polling places: 1,210
  • Election judges working on Election Day: 9,500
  • College students applying to work Election Day: 890
  • High school students applying to work Election Day: 700
  • Contests: 716
  • Candidates on ballot: 2,107
  • % of races contested: 40 percent
  • Referenda: 26
  • Ballot styles: 794
  • Townships in suburban Cook County: 30
  • Municipalities in suburban Cook County: 129

*Unofficial total as of Friday, April 1.


Election results

Unofficial election results — which include Election Day precinct votes, all Early Voting votes and absentee ballots received through today — will be available online at beginning about an hour after polls close.

Precinct-level results will likely be available online on Wednesday. Later this week, late-arriving absentee ballots and verified provisional ballots will be added to the election results periodically. Write-in votes will be tallied during the canvass and released approximately two weeks after the election.


On election night, a temporary homepage will direct users directly to election results or the regular website. Currently, you can view how the results will display at


Media credentials

Members of the media will not need a paper credential provided by the Clerk’s office. However, election judges will require news reporters, photographers and TV crews to show a government-issued or company identification card. Please see “Media Guidelines.”


Online information
At, voters can check their registration and find their polling place. The lists of polling locations by township and township maps of precincts may also be useful on Election Day.


Phone numbers

Media inquiries – Courtney Greve: 312.603.0931 or 312.502.3267

Media inquiries – Gail Siegel: 312.603.0993 or 312.502.3268

Voter help line (English) – 312.603.0906

Voter help line (Spanish) – 312.603.6767

Voter help line (Chinese) – 312.603.6769

Voter help line (Polish) – 312.603.6770

Help line for voters with disabilities – 312.603.0929

TDD (For voters with hearing disabilities) – 312.603.0902

Legal hotline – 312.603.0236