Early Voting, Election Day polling places, and ways to register to vote
by Melanie Jongsma
LANSING, Ill. (March 14, 2019) – Voters in Lansing have a variety of options—for registering to vote as well as for actually casting a ballot. Early Voting begins on Monday, March 18, at the Lansing Public Library. And Election Day voting takes place on April 2 at the specific polling places listed in this article.
People who take advantage of Early Voting report that the benefits include avoiding the lines and the last-minute politicking that are typical of Election Day voting. The Lansing location for Early Voting is the Lansing Public Library. Dates and hours are:
- Monday, March 18: 9:00am–5:00pm
- Tuesday, March 19: 9:00am–5:00pm
- Wednesday, March 20: 9:00am–5:00pm
- Thursday, March 21: 9:00am–5:00pm
- Friday, March 22: 9:00am–5:00pm
- Saturday, March 23: 9:00am–5:00pm
- Sunday, March 24: 10:00am–4:00pm
- Monday, March 25: 9:00am–7:00pm
- Tuesday, March 26: 9:00am–7:00pm
- Wednesday, March 27: 9:00am–7:00pm
- Thursday, March 28: 9:00am–7:00pm
- Friday, March 29: 9:00am–7:00pm
- Saturday, March 30: 9:00am–5:00pm
- Sunday, March 31: 10:00am–4:00pm
- Monday, April 1: 9:00am–5:00pm
Voters do not need a government-issued photo ID in order to early vote, but it can be helpful in case of questions about a voter’s registration, address, or signature. Registered voters who bring their Voter ID card can fast-track because Early Voting sites have card readers at every check-in station.
Early voting is set up on the second floor of the library, in the glass-walled room facing the top of the staircase. The Lansing Public Library is located at 2750 Indiana Avenue in Lansing, Illinois.
Election Day voting
Tuesday, April 2, is Election Day, and then voting will be available only at assigned polling places, from 6:00am–7:00pm. There are 10 polling places in Lansing, serving 20 precincts:
- Bethel Church (3500 Glenwood-Lansing Rd)—Precincts 5, 14, 18, and 44
- Coolidge School (17845 Henry St)—Precincts 16 and 65
- First Church PCA (3134 Ridge Rd)—Precincts 43, 47, and 57
- Lansing Police Department (2710 170th)—Precinct 17
- Lansing Presbyterian Church (2625 Ridge Rd)—Precincts 19 and 68
- On Election Day, Lansing Public Library (2750 Indiana Ave) is the polling place for Precinct 18. It is only during Early Voting that all Lansing residents can vote at the library, regardless of precinct.
- New Hope Church (3642 Lake St)—Precinct 51
- Oak Glen School (2101 E. 182nd St)—Precincts 50, 114, and 117
- Reavis School (17121 Roy St)—Precincts 13 and 61
- St. Anthony (3025 Spring Lake Dr)—Precinct 56
If you have a Voter ID, your precinct number is printed on it. The Cook County website also provides easy access to polling information—voters can input their address and last name, and the site will provide the name and address of the appropriate polling place, along with a map. Visit www.cookcountyclerk.com/service/polling-places and follow the instructions and links.
Registering to vote
US citizens who turn 18 on or before April 2 this year, and who live in their election precinct at least 30 days prior to April 2, are eligible to register.
Illinois allows residents to register online.
Vote.gov is a user-friendly portal to registration.
Registration is also possible at all Early Voting sites—two forms of ID are needed, one of which shows the voter’s current address.