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How do I register to vote? When is the next election? Where do I vote?

Downloadable General Election Information

Voter registration

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.

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.

Voters need at least two forms of identification, at least one of which shows the address for their new/updated registration.

Information on early voting and grace period registration sites may be found at

Register, then Vote!

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

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.

Polling place hours are 6am to 7pm.

4th Ward Alderman Election February 28

In the election for Alderman of the 4th Ward, February 28, 2017, voters of the 4th Ward will elect an Alderman to serve through May 2019.

Important Dates

  • through February 23: Apply for vote by mail ballot (may be done online) Return postmark on or before February 28.
  • January 31: last day to register to vote (at the Board of Elections or with a Deputy Voter Registrar)

    except for

  • February 12: Online registration deadline (
  • January 19 through February 27: Grace Period registration with early voting (must vote at same time) at Board of Elections, 69 W Washington
  • February 13 through February 27: 4th Ward Site
  • February 28 -- Election Day. Vote and register at your assigned polling place.

Candidates for 4th Ward Alderman (as of January 3, 2017)

  • Sophia King
  • Gregory Seal Livingston
  • Ebony D. Lucas
  • Gerald Scott McCarthy
  • Marcellus H. Moore, Jr.

If no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote there will be a runoff election on April 4, 2017.

The aldermanic candidate debate held February 9 can be viewed on this CAN TV link:

Link to 4th Ward Aldermanic candidates SunTimes Questionnaire (with videos)j:

The League of Women Voters is non-partisan, takes stands on issues, but never on candidates or parties, encourages informed participation in government.

Voter Education: Candidates

Link to 4th Ward Aldermanic candidates SunTimes Questionnaire (with videos)j:


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