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How do I register to vote? When is the next election? Where do I vote? April 7, 2015 Municipal Election

April 7, 2015, Municipal Runoff Election

At the April 7, 2015 Municipal Runoff Election, Chicago voters will cast ballots to ELECT a candidate to these offices:
  • Mayor
  • Alderman in Wards 2, 7, 10, 11, 15, 16, 18, 20, 21, 24, 29, 31, 36, 37, 41, 43, 45, and 46.

A sample ballot may be obtained by going to

Mayoral Candidate Debates

  • Monday, March 16, 6-7pm, NBC-5

  • Thursday, March 26, Fox-32, 9-10pm

  • Sunday, March 29, 3 pm, Purcell Hall, 4300 West Washington Blvd.

Sponsored by West Side NAACP, Likely to be posted on CAN-TV

  • Tuesday, March 31, 7-8pm, WTTW/Chicago Tonight

  • Tuesday, March 31 8pm C-Span (check local listings to confirm)

Candidate Questionnaire Information

46th Ward Aldermanic Runoff Forum

The League-sponsored forum held March 28 was recorded by CAN TV21. It will be shown on Sunday, April 5, at 2:30pm and Tuesday, April 7, at 9:00am. It can also be viewed at

Voter registration

For April 7, 2015, Municipal Election: Standard Voter Registration Deadline is March 10, 2015 

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.

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.

For April 7, 2015, Municipal Election:

If you have missed the regular registration deadline, grace period registration is available from March 11 through April 4, 2015. If you use this option you must vote at the same time you register.

  • There will be NO same day registration for this election.

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

Where and when to vote

City of Chicago Municipal Runoff Election for Mayor and Alderman in wards 2, 7, 10, 11, 15, 16, 18, 20, 21, 24, 29, 31, 36, 37, 41, 43, 45, and 46 on 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

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:

Municipal Election April 7, 2015

  • Early Voting: March 23-April 4, 2015

  Voters do not need a reason or excuse to use Early Voting.

  • Vote by Mail/Absentee Voting

No excuse is needed. Any voter may cast a ballot absentee by mail. Application may be made by mail or online. Deadline for applications: April 2, 2015. Applications:
If the absentee ballot has not been submitted the voter may vote in her/his precinct.

  • In Person Absentee Voting Monday, April 6,
69 W Washington, Lower Level, 9 AM to 5 PM

  • Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - Election Day: On Election Day, vote only at your local polling place. Hours are 6 AM to 7 PM. There will be NO same day registration for this election.

February 2015 Municipal Election

These documents contain data about the candidates who filed for the Chicago Municipal Election and the Results of that election.

Candidates in the 2015 Municipal Election

Results and uncoordinated spending