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Elections

How do I register to vote? When is the next election? Where do I vote? Candidate 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 http://www.Chicagoelections.com or phone the above number.

On Line Registration is available: It is possible to register to vote (or change your address) on line in Illinois if:

The applicant has either an Illinois Driver's License or State ID.
The signature is used for the ballot application.
The applicant has a Social Security number
If the applicant supplies her/his email address (optional), Illinois election code requires election officials to provide this email information to campaign committees and political organizations.

Information on early voting and grace period registration sites may be found at http://www.chicagoelections.com/en/grace-period-registration-and-voting.html.

This permits grace period registration to take place on Election Day! NEW!!

Where and when to vote

City of Chicago Municipal General Election for Mayor, Clerk, Treasurer and Alderman: Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Municipal Runoff and Supplementary Elections: Tuesday, April 7, 2015.

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 http://www.Chicagoelections.com.

No ID is required for voting in the voter's home precinct on Election Day unless the voter is voting for the first time and has registered by mail without verification. This information would be indicated to the judges by the Electronic Poll Book.

In addition to voting in the assigned precinct there are the following options

Applications:
chicagoelections.com/en/absentee-voting-and-voting-by-mail.html

If the absentee ballot has not been submitted the voter may vote in her/his precinct.

  • Absentee Voting for overseas civilians and military personnel
Ballot requests and voting may be carried out on line.
chicagoelections.com/en/military-overseas-voters.html

  • In-person absentee voting at Chicago Board of Elections.

Candidate Information

A sample ballot may be obtained by going to http://www.chicagoelections.com.

Some sites that voters might find helpful regarding candidates are: