Voting in Chicago

All the information you need to vote in Chicago’s municipal elections can be found below. To register to vote in another municipality or to sign up for election updates, click here.


Register to Vote

Qualifications

To qualify to vote in the upcoming Chicago elections, you must:

  • be a U.S. citizen;

  • be born on or before Feb. 26, 2001;

  • live in your precinct at least 30 days before the election;

  • not claim the right to vote elsewhere;

  • not be in prison/jail serving time for a conviction.

You can register to vote online, by mail, or in person.

Check Your Registration

Ensure your registration is up to date here if you believe you’re already registered in Chicago.

Registering Online

Deadline: Sunday, February 10 at 11:59 PM

If you have a valid Illinois state ID or driver’s license, you can register to vote here.

If you register online, be sure to sign up for election updates here, as well!


Registering By Mail

Deadline: Tuesday, January 29 at 11:59 PM

If you do not have an Illinois ID or driver’s license or simply wish to vote by mail, you can register through TurboVote here.


Registering In-Person

Early Voting Registration Period: Monday, January 28 — Monday, February 25

If you plan to vote at any early voting site in the city, you can register on the spot. Any first-time voter or voter needing to update their voter registration, however, must show two forms of ID, one of which must show the voter’s current address. Acceptable forms of ID are listed below. Scroll further to view early voting locations and hours.

Registering on Election Day: Tuesday, February 26

If you plan to vote in your precinct on election day, you can register on the spot. Any first-time voter or voter needing to update their voter registration, however, must show two forms of ID, one of which must show the voter’s current address. Acceptable forms of ID are listed below. Scroll further to find your election day polling place (which you must visit in order to cast a ballot on election day).

Acceptable Forms of ID

  • College/University/School/Work ID

  • Passport or Military ID

  • Driver's License or State ID card

  • Credit or debit card

  • Insurance card

  • Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid card

  • Vehicle registration card

  • Lease, mortgage or deed to home

  • Civic, union or professional membership card

  • LINK/Public Aid/Department of Human Services card

  • Illinois FOID card

  • Mail that can be used to prove residency:

    • Bill, Transcript or Report Card from School (including UChicago Housing statement from MyUChicago)

    • Bank Statement, Pay Stub or Pension Statement

    • Utility, Medical or Insurance Bill

    • Official mail from any government agency

A voter who needs ID, but who cannot present ID, may cast a Provisional Ballot.

In order for that Provisional Ballot to be counted, the voter must present ID within 7 days of the election to the Chicago Election Board, 69 W. Washington St., Suite 600, Chicago IL 60602.


Cancelling Your Chicago Registration

To cancel your Chicago registration for any reason, send a signed copy of this form to:
   Voter Registration
   Chicago Election Board
   69 W Washington St., Suite 600
   Chicago IL 60602


Already registered elsewhere?

More information on voting in the 2019 Chicago municipal elections if you’re already registered elsewhere.



Early Voting

Once the ballot is finalized, early voting will commence at the Loop Super Site. The projected start date for early voting at that location is Tuesday, January 29th, pending changes. Early voting will begin at the 50 ward sites on Monday, February 11th.

While government-issued photo ID is not required, it is helpful to have on hand in case there’s any trouble with your registration. If you’re a first time voter in Chicago or need to update your registration, you’ll need at least two forms of ID. (Refer to the section on registering above.)

Loop Super Site

The early voting hub. You can vote at the Super Site two weeks before anywhere else in the city. With tons of voting machines, you’re likely to breeze through.

 

Address: 175 West Washington Street

Hours:

  • January 28 through February 2: 9 AM - 5 PM 

  • February 3: 10 AM - 4 PM

  • February 4 through February 9: 9 AM - 5 PM

  • February 10: 10 AM - 4 PM

  • February 11 through February 16: 9 AM - 5 PM

  • February 17: 10 AM - 4 PM

  • February 18 through February 22: 9 AM - 7 PM 

  • February 23: 9 AM - 5 PM

  • February 24: 10 AM - 4 PM

  • February 25: 9 AM - 7 PM

Additional Early Voting Locations

Starting February 11th, early voting sites will be open in all 50 wards across the city. Here’s the relevant information for the three Hyde Park sites. You can vote at any early voting location throughout the city through February 25, however. Here are all the sites.

Hours:

  • February 11 through February 16: 9 AM - 5 PM

  • February 17: 10 AM - 4 PM

  • February 18 through February 22: 9 AM - 7 PM 

  • February 23: 9 AM - 5 PM

  • February 24: 10 AM - 4 PM

  • February 25: 9 AM - 5 PM

4th Ward Early Voting Site

King Community Center

4314 S Cottage Grove

(Open until 7 PM on February 25th.)

 

5th Ward Early Voting Site

Jackson Park

6401 S Stony Island

 

20th Ward Early Voting Site

Bessie Coleman Library    

731 E 63rd St

 

Voting by Mail

To vote by mail, you must apply. The deadline to submit an application online or at the offices of the Board of Elections is 5 PM on Thursday, February 21. Apply by the first week of February to be sure you have enough time to receive and return your ballot by Election Day. There’s no guarantee your ballot will arrive in time if you request one too late.

Apply online here.

Download a form and apply by mail here.

Check the status of your request here.

Once your ballot arrives, carefully follow the instructions included and postmark your ballot with enough time to be counted. More information on that here.


Voting on Election Day

Deciding to wait until the big day? If you wait until Election Day, you’ll have to vote in the precinct at which you are registered. (Or the precinct at which you intend to register for the first time. Or the precinct that matches the new address with which you intend to update your registration). You can vote at your precinct from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Find your precinct here.