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How do I register to vote? When is the next election? Where do I vote? Candidate and 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 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.
October 7, 2014 is the deadline to register to vote (or change your address) for the General Election.
Exception:
October 6 to November 4: Grace Period Registration and Voting
From Oct. 8 through Oct. 19, Grace Period registration will be offered at the Chicago Election Board, 69 W. Washington.

From Oct. 20 through Nov. 1, all 51 Early Voting sites will be open for Grace Period registration.

Five regional sites in Chicago will be open for Grace Period Registration on Sunday Nov. 2 and Mon., Nov. 3 and on Election Day, Tues., Nov. 4. You must vote when you register.

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

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 on November 4 there are the following options

Applications:
chicagoelections.com/en/absentee-voting-and-voting-by-mail.html
Apply for ballot from August 6 to October 30
Postmark for returning absentee ballot is November 3
If the absentee ballot has not been submitted the voter may vote in her/his precinct on November 4.

  • 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, November 2 and 3

Candidate Information

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

A pdf list of all candidates on the November 2014 ballot is available here.

Offices on the Ballot Numbers refer to ballot positions

United States Senator

1 Richard J. Durbin (Democratic)

2 James D. "Jim" Oberweis (Republican)

3 Sharon Hansen (Libertarian)

A debate between Dick Durbin and Jim Oberweis will be held October 22 from 7-8pm. It will be streamed live on abc7chicago.com and aired on Channel 7 at 10:35pm.

Governor & Lieutenant Governor

7 Pat Quinn & Paul Vallas (Democratic)

8 Bruce Rauner & Evelyn Sanguinetti (Republican)

9 Chad Grimm & Alexander Cummings (Libertarian)

A debate between Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner will be held at ABC7 Chicago on October 20 from 8 to 9pm. It will be streamed live on abc7chicago.com and aired on Channel 7.2. It will be aired on Channel 7 at 10:35 pm.

Attorney General

14 Lisa Madigan (Democratic)

15 Paul M. Schimpf (Republican)

16 Ben Koyl (Libertarian)

Secretary of State

19 Jesse White (Democratic)

20 Michael Webster (Republican)

21 Christopher Michel (Libertarian)

Comptroller

24 Sheila Simon (Democratic)

25 Judy Baar Topinka (Republican)

26 Julie Fox (Libertarian)

Treasurer

29 Michael W. Frerichs (Democratic)

30 Tom Cross (Republican)

31 Matthew Skopek (Libertarian)

Representative in Congress (one in each District)

State Senator (only in Districts 3, 6, 12, 15, 18, 39)

Representative in the General Assembly (one in each District)

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioners (6-year term) (Vote for not more than three)

45 Cynthia M. Santos (Democratic)

46 Frank Avila (Democratic)

47 Timothy "Tim" Bradford (Democratic)

48 James (Jim) Parrilli (Republican)

49 Herb Schumann (Republican)

50 R. Cary Capparelli (Republican)

51 Karen Roothaan (Green)

52 George Milkowski (Green)

53 Michael Smith (Green)

President of County Board

55 Toni Preckwinkle (Democratic)

County Clerk

56 David D. Orr (Democratic)

County Sheriff

57 Thomas J. Dart (Democratic)

County Treasurer

58 Maria Pappas (Democratic)

County Assessor

59 Joseph Berrios (Democratic)

Cook County Commissioner (one in each District)

Commissioner of the Cook County Board of (Tax) Review (District 3)

Appellate, Circuit and Sub-circuit Judges (to fill vacancies as needed)

Whether to retain various Appellate and Circuit Judges (yes or no)

Some sites that voters might find helpful regarding candidates are:

Find your candidates and their stands on important issues in Illinois using the League of Women Voters of IL NONPARTISAN VOTER GUIDES.

Referenda Information

Ballot Statements on the General Election Ballot, Tuesday, November 4, 2014

STATE WIDE BINDING REFERENDA CONSTITUTION BALLOT

PROPOSED AMENDENTS TO THE 1970 ILLINOIS CONSTITUTION To pass there must be Yes votes from 3/5 of those voting on the amendment or 50% of those voting in the election.

1) The proposed amendment makes changes to Section 8.1 of Article I of the Illinois Constitution, the Crime Victims' Bill of Rights. The proposed amendment would expand certain rights already granted to crime victims in Illinois, and give crime victims the ability to enforce their rights in a court of law. You are asked to decide whether the proposed amendment should become part of the Illinois Constitution.

For the proposed amendment of Section 8.1 of Article I of the Illinois Constitution.

YES or NO

2) The proposed amendment adds a new section to the Suffrage and Elections Article of the Illinois Constitution. The proposed amendment would prohibit any law that disproportionately affects the rights of eligible Illinois citizens to register to vote or cast a ballot based on the voter's race, color, ethnicity, status as a member of a language minority, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or income. You are asked to decide whether the proposed amendment should become part of the Illinois Constitution.

For the proposed addition of Section 8 to Article III of the Illinois Constitution.

YES or NO

STATE WIDE ADVISORY REFERENDA

"Shall the minimum wage in Illinois for adults over the age of 18 be raised to $10 per hour by January 1, 2015?" YES or NO

"Shall any health insurance plan in Illinois that provides prescription drug coverage be required to include prescription birth control as part of that coverage?" YES or NO

"Should the Illinois Constitution be amended to require that each school district receive additional revenue, based on their number of students, from an additional 3% tax on income greater than one million dollars?" YES or NO

League of Women Voters of Illinois has prepared a brochure with information on the state-wide referenda. You may download a pdf version of this brochure.

COOK COUNTY ADVISORY REFERENDA

"Shall the General Assembly of the State of Illinois appropriate additional funds to provide necessary mental health services for the people of the State of Illinois?" YES or NO

"Shall The Illinois General Assembly enact the Illinois Public Safety Act (Senate Bill 3659) which would require universal background checks for firearm transfers and prohibit the sale and transfer of assault weapons, assault weapon attachments and high capacity ammunition magazines?" YES or NO

League of Women Voters Cook County has prepared information and recommendations for the Cook County referenda. A pdf version is available at http://www.cookcounty.il.lwvnet.org/files/cook_county_ballot_question_final.pdf.

CITY OF CHICAGO ADVISORY REFERENDA

"Should the Illinois General Assembly amend the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act to give local municipalities a role in the siting of medical cannabis dispensing organizations and cultivation centers in its neighborhoods?" YES or NO

"Should Congress pass a law that requires the Federal Aviation Administration to revisit the criteria it uses to create the "noise contours" that determine which residences near airports across the country are eligible for noise mitigation?" YES or NO

"Should the State of Illinois account for concentrations of at-risk students living in poverty or who speak English as a second language when determining how state resources for education are allocated?" YES or NO

League of Women Voters of Chicago has taken positions on the City of Chicago referenda on the ballot. A pdf version of the information below is also available.

1) Advisory Referendum on Medical Cannabis dispensing and cultivation centers: "Should the Illinois General Assembly amend the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act to give local municipalities a role in the siting of medical cannabis dispensing organizations and cultivation centers in its neighborhoods?"

POSITION of LWVChicago: The League has no recommendation on this issue but offers the following pros and cons:

PRO - Communities may wish to provide increased security to their citizens by establishing additional restrictions on the location of facilities creating and dispensing medical cannabis. Note that the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act restricts locations near schools, churches and parks.

CON - The Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act strictly regulates those who are eligible for the cannabis, and the majority of them are disabled. Restricting locations where they may obtain this medication limits their access to a treatment to manage their symptoms.

2) Advisory Referendum on Airport Noise Control: "Should Congress pass a law that requires the Federal Aviation Administration to revisit the criteria it uses to create the "noise contours" that determine which residences near airports across the country are eligible for noise mitigation?"

POSITION of LWVChicago: The League has no recommendation on this issue, but offers the following pros and cons:

PRO: As long as technology exists to reduce noise pollution from airplanes, it should be extended to as many effected areas as possible.

CON: There is a need to have in place procedures for departing and arriving planes that maintain maximum safety for airplane passengers, and the neighborhoods they fly over.

3) Advisory referendum on Education Funding: "Should the State of Illinois account for concentrations of at-risk students living in poverty or who speak English as a second language when determining how state resources for education are allocated?"

POSITION of LWVChicago: The League supports the Advisory Referendum asking to account for concentrations of at-risk students when determining educational funding.

The League supports programs that increase educational opportunities through compensatory programs for disadvantaged groups beginning at the preschool level and extending through secondary education.