In advance of the upcoming Gubernatorial Primary Election, the Cook County Clerk’s Office is unveiling a new “Trusted Source” webpage to combat harmful election misinformation and provide voters with detailed facts on all aspects of election operations, from questions about voting by mail to the final tabulation of election results, Clerk Karen A. Yarbrough announced today.
The webpage is accessible through the Cook County Clerk’s general website at cookcountyclerk.com/TrustedSource and will be promoted to voters on the Clerk’s social media platforms and community-based publications.
The webpage contains detailed FAQs to address voter concerns about allegations of election fraud as well as questions about voter identification, the processing of ballots, and mail ballot drop boxes. There are separate, detailed sections that focus on questions about voting by mail and methods used to ensure election transparency and integrity. The page also provides a list of other trusted election sources at the national, state, and local levels.
“Right now, one of the greatest threats to the integrity of our elections is the tremendous amount of disinformation and misinformation circulating on websites and online sources, which has caused fear and confusion for some voters,” said Yarbrough.
“As the election authority for suburban Cook County, nothing is as important as ensuring that voters have complete faith and confidence in the security of our elections, knowing their votes are accurately counted, and that the integrity of the process is staunchly defended and protected.”
The webpage also details the extensive measures that the Clerk’s Office takes to protect the electoral process and to offer safe and accessible voting methods. Some of these measures include a voter registration process that ensures only those meeting state eligibility requirements can vote and tracks those who have cast a ballot; extensive cybersecurity protections; extended Early Voting; a secure Vote by Mail process; and secure ballot drop boxes at countywide polling locations.
The new “Trusted Source” webpage is part of a national effort by the National Association of Secretaries of State and other election authorities to promote election officials as the trusted sources of election information.
Important Upcoming Dates for the June 28 Gubernatorial Primary Election for suburban Cook County voters:
- June 1 – June 27: Voter Registration and Early Voting at suburban Cook County Courthouses as well as 69 W. Washington in downtown Chicago.
- June 12: Last day to register to vote by online application.
- June 13 – June 27: Expanded Early Voting at more than 50 locations in suburban Cook County as well as 69 W. Washington and Union Station in downtown Chicago.
- June 23: Last day to apply for a Mail Ballot.
- June 28: Election Day/Last day Mail Ballots can be postmarked.