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How do I register to vote? When is the next election? Where do I vote? Candidate/Referenda Information

Voter registration

If you have not been registered previously, moved, changed your name or become a citizen you have to register before the election. This can be done at the Board of Elections, with an online form or with a deputy registrar.

For information on voter registration, contact the Board of Election Commissioners for the City of Chicago, 69 W Washington Street, Suites 600/800, Chicago, Illinois 60602, 312-269-7900.

To verify your registration, find your polling place and your districts and view sample ballots, go to or phone the above number.

LWVChicago continues to be part of a project to register eligible 18 year old high school students and those who are not yet 18 but will be so at the time of the November 4, 2014 General Election. These students will be able to vote in the primary election on March 18.

Regular voter registration for the Primary Election will close on February 18. It is still possible to register by taking advantage of grace period registration through March 15. A citizen can register during this time but only at the Board of Elections and then they must vote at the time of registration.

Further information about the 2014 Primary Election is available in pdf form here. Primary 2014 Information

Where and when to vote

PRIMARY ELECTION IS MARCH 18, 2014 A voter must declare a party affiliation in order to vote in the primary election.

In addition to voting in your precinct on March 18 there are the following options:

Absentee Voting/Voting By Mail:

Apply for ballot from February 6 to March 13.
No reason needed. Any voter may cast an absentee ballot by mail.

Early Voting: March 3 through March 15 at selected sites. Picture ID required

March 16 and March 17: In-person absentee voting at Chicago Board of Elections, 69 W. Washington, lower level.

Please be aware that the location of your polling place may have changed because precinct boundaries were changed after City Council redistricting. Verify the location at

No photo ID is required for voting in the voter's home precinct on Election Day unless the voter does not have a white ballot application in the binder.

Candidate/Referenda Information

A sample ballot may be obtained by going to

In the March 18, 2014 Primary Election, Chicago voters will elect:

State Central Committeewoman
State Central Committeeman

Additionally, voters will nominate their party's candidates for:

US Senator
US Representatives

Illinois Governor & Lt. Governor
Illinois Attorney General
Illinois Secretary of State
Illinois Comptroller
Illinois Treasurer
Illinois State Senators Districts 3, 6, 12, 15, 18, 39
Illinois State Representatives (all districts)

MWRD Commissioners (3)

Cook County Board President
Cook County Clerk
Cook County Treasurer
Cook County Sheriff
Cook County Assessor
Cook County Commissioners (all districts)
Commissioner of the Cook County Board of Review District 3

Appellate, Circuit and Sub-circuit Judges (to fill vacancies if required)

Chicago Voters will have the following advisory referenda on their ballots:

1. "Should the City of Chicago increase taxi rates, which would be the first increase in eight years and bring Chicago's taxi fleet in line with other cities?" Yes or No
2. "Should Illinois amend the Firearm Concealed Carry Act to ban the possession of a concealed firearm in any establishment licensed to serve alcohol?" Yes or No
3. "Should the State of Illinois pass legislation banning high capacity magazines with more than 15 rounds?" Yes or No

Information on candidates running for each party in the March 2014 primary is available in pdf form here.

The Voters' Guide prepared by League of Women Voters of Cook County is available here . Chicago residents should consult to determine their Cook County Board Commissioner district.

Some sites that voters might find helpful regarding candidates are: