Voting Information for the Upcoming Municipal Election
The February 26 municipal election is around the corner. Beginning Tuesday, January 29, Chicagoans can vote early at the Loop Super Site, 175 W. Washington. This is the only early voting location that will be open until February 11.
Beginning February 11 through February 25, you may vote early at any early voting location. The 16th District Police Station, 5151 N. Milwaukee, is the early voting location in the 45th Ward. A list of all voting locations and hours throughout the city are available on the Chicago Board of Election’s website.
On February 26, you are required to vote at your polling place. You can find your polling place by entering your address on the voter’s information page on the Chicago Board of Election’s website. Polls close at 7 pm on Election Day.
Those interested in voting by mail may request a ballot on the Chicago Board of Election’s website. The deadline to apply for a vote by mail ballot is 5 pm on February 21. When you receive the vote by mail ballot, make sure to follow all the enclosed instructions and vote in secret. A mail ballot must be postmarked (or, in the absence of a postmark, certified by the voter) on or before Election Day, February 26, in order to be counted. In addition, the Board of Elections must receive the ballot by March 12 for the ballot to be counted. You may return the vote by ballot through the U.S. Postal Service, by personal delivery to the Election Board (either by the voter or an immediate relative), or through a state-licensed motor carrier (such as FedEx, UPS, or DHL). Once a mail ballot has been returned to the Board of Elections, it cannot be retrieved or withdrawn. The same voter cannot vote in person at a polling place on Election Day unless they bring the mail ballot (or a portion of it) to the election judges or completes an affidavit stating the mail ballot was never received by the voter or that it was received and lost.
You may register to vote at ANY early voting location or at your polling place on February 26. You will need two forms of identification, one which must show a current address, to register to vote at a polling place. A list of acceptable forms of ID is available to view on the Chicago Board of Election’s website.