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How do I register to vote? When is the next election? Where do I vote? February 24, 2015 Municipal Election

Voter registration

For February 24, 2015, Municipal Election: Standard Voter Registration Deadline is January 27, 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 February 24, 2015, Municipal Election:

Grace Period Voter Registration/Voting: January 28-February 21, 2015, for those who missed the cutoff for standard registration, including name and address changes.

  • January 28 through February 8: Only at 69 W. Washington
  • February 9 through February 21: Occurs at 51 sites throughout the city where early voting is offered.

If you have missed the regular registration deadline, January 27, grace period registration is available from January 28 through February 21. If you use this option you must vote at the same time you register.

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

After registering, "grace period" participants vote during that same visit.

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 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

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 February 24, 2015

  • Early Voting: February 9-February 21, 2015

Chicago voters may use any of 51 sites in the city.   Voters do not need a reason or excuse to use Early Voting. All ward sites open Mon-Sat, 9 am - 5 pm. Limited sites open on President's Day, February 15

  • 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: February 19. Applications:
If the absentee ballot has not been submitted the voter may vote in her/his precinct.

  • In Person Absentee Voting Monday, February 23
69 W Washington, Lower Level, 9 AM to 5 PM

  • Tuesday, February 24, 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 24, 2015 Municipal Election

At the February 24, 2015 Municipal Election, Chicago voters will cast ballots to ELECT a candidate to these offices:
  • Mayor
  • City Clerk
  • City Treasurer
  • Alderman in each of Chicago's 50 Wards

Debates are scheduled for the following dates and times:

February 4 on the WTTW-Channel 11 program, "Chicago Tonight" (7 PM)

February 5 on WLS-TV Channel 7/Univision hosted by the League of Women Voters (Aired again after the 10pm news.)

February 10 on WBBM-TV Channel 2 and WVON Radio hosted by the Chicago Urban League.

If no candidate receives a majority of the votes in any of those contests, a run-off election will be conducted April 7 in those contests with the two candidates who received the most votes on Feb. 24.

At the February 24, 2015 Municipal Election, Chicago voters also will DECIDE various advisory/non-binding referenda:

Citywide referenda (non-binding):

Whether employers should be required to offer paid leave in the event of illness, domestic violence or an emergency school closing.

Whether workers who commit domestic violence should be required to receive treatment as a condition of continued employment.

Whether Chicago or Illinois should seek a system of campaign finances that involve a mix of small, private contributions and public funding. LWVChicago recommends a YES vote on "Should the City of Chicago or the State of Illinois reduce the influence of special interest money in elections by financing campaigns using small contributions from individuals and a limited amount of public money?"

In the wards listed:

Whether to elect the Chicago School Board:
Wards: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 40, 45, 46, 47, 49, 50.

This question will NOT appear on ballots in the following wards: 2, 9, 11, 13, 18, 23, 39, 41, 42, 43, 44, and 48.

A sample ballot may be obtained by going to

Major Chicago newspapers provide helpful information on the candidates.