Elections Municipal officers are elected at Consolidated
Elections held every odd-numbered year on the first Tuesday in
April. The President, Clerk and Board of Trustees of the Village of
Chicago Ridge are all elected to four-year terms.
The Cook County Clerk conducts elections held in
Chicago Ridge. The Village Clerk is the designated Local Election
Official. The Village Clerk is to accept nomination papers from
candidates for village offices and to certify to the Cook County
Clerk the names and order in which they are to appear on the ballot.
A copy of the State of Illinois Candidate’s
Guide published annually by the State Board of Elections is
available at the Village Hall approximately 6 months prior to the
Consolidated Election. The Guide provides information on the
election process to prospective candidates seeking office at the
local level. It also provides general information, such as,
requirements for filing nominating papers, specific forms to be
used, etc. In addition to information on the proper completion and
filing of nomination papers, the Guide lists the
qualifications required for candidates seeking specific offices. For
example: age and residency requirements, signature requirements,
filing locations, and dates. The State Board of Elections, Chicago
Office can be reached at (312) 814-6440.
Early Voting and
are eligible to vote early without needing a reason to do so.
will be conducted on touch screens that store every ballot style
in the county. Registered voters in suburban Cook County can
vote early at any one of the 45 designated early voting sites.
Please be advised that the Village of Chicago Ridge is not
a designated early voting or in-person voting site. The list of
early voting sites can be found on the Cook County Clerk’s
www.voterinfonet.com. Unlike absentee voting, voters do not need to provide a reason or excuse to vote early.
Absentee Voting (In-Person or
may be eligible to vote as absent electors. If any of the
following eleven categories apply to you on Election Day, you
would be eligible for absentee voting either by mail or
A Voter who:
be absent from Cook County.
is a student
attending an institution of higher education, and therefore,
temporarily residing at an address out of their precinct.
be temporarily absent from the country.
serving as a Judge of Election in a precinct other than the
precinct of residence.
performing official election duties for an Election Authority
or Law Enforcement Agency.
observing a religious holiday.
as a juror on a State or Federal jury.
incarcerated as a pre-trial detainee and not serving a
sentence of confinement.
registered to vote at a nursing home or other care facility.
qualified to vote by absentee ballot may make application for a
ballot to the Cook County Clerk by mail. Absentee Applications
to vote by mail are available at the Village Hall approximately
4-5 weeks before an election. In-person absentee voting will
take place during the four day period prior to an election and
is offered at courthouse mini centers and the downtown
administration building. More information about in-person
absentee voting and locations can be obtained at the Cook County
Clerk’s website at
Voter Registration With few exceptions, all persons in Illinois must
register in order to vote. Once registered, however, a voter remains
validly registered until such time as the voter moves, has a name
change or as the result of canvass by mail.
The Village Clerk’s Office provides Voter
Registration services for residents of the Village of Chicago Ridge.
Residents may register at the Village Hall, Monday through Friday,
between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:30 pm and Saturday, 9:00 am
until Noon. Applications to register to vote by mail are also
available at the Village Hall.
In order to be eligible to register, a person, as
of the day of the next election, must be:
a citizen of the United States.
18 years of age or older.
a resident within his or her precinct
for at least 30 days.
Two forms of identification are required and one
must have your current Chicago Ridge address. Completed Voter
Registration Applications are forwarded to the Cook County Clerk’s
Election Department in Chicago, Illinois. Official Voter Cards are
then mailed from the County to each registrant at their home address
within approximately six weeks of registration.
Note: Registration closes 28 days prior to an
election and resumes 2 days after an election.