Avoid the lines at the polls and potentially bad weather on Election Day by VOTING EARLY OR BY MAIL!
Vote early at any one of 51 locations beginning TODAY (Monday, October 20th), until Saturday, November 1st. Early voting hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Here are the Early Voting locations most convenient to 49th Ward residents:
7340 N. Rogers (just west of the Metra tracks)
Broadway Armory Park
5917 N. Broadway (at Thorndale)
6601 N. Western (2 blocks south of Pratt)
Chicago Board of Elections
69 W. Washington
Lower level (across from Daley Plaza)
If you need a ride to an early voting site, please reply to this e-mail or call 773-973-4900.
Early Voting is also available Sundays, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Board of Elections office, 69 W. Washington, Lower Level, and at four city neighborhood locations, including Welles Park, 2333 W. Sunnyside.
An ID is not required. However, I advise you to bring an ID, such as a driver’s license or state ID, in the event there is a question about your registration. All Early Voting sites will serve as “grace period registration”sites where voters may register for the first time or update the name or address on their existing registrations. To learn more about Grace Period registration, CLICK HERE or scroll down.
You can also vote by mail! Illinois law now permits you to vote by mail for any reason whatsoever. To apply for an absentee ballot application online, CLICK HERE. Enter your name and address and click “SEARCH.” When your name appears, click on it and then select the Absentee/Early voting status tab.
When receive your ballot in the mail, follow all the enclosed instructions and make sure to vote in secret. The ballot may be returned to the Board of Elections by U.S. mail or a state licensed motor carrier or it may be delivered personally by you or an immediate relative.
Are you not registered to vote? Have you changed addresses since the last election? Did you or a family member just turn 18?
If you missed the standard October 7th voter registration deadline, there’s a safety net. From now through Saturday, November 1st, you may register to vote, update your address or file your name change during the “Grace Period.”
During the Grace Period, you must register in person–and then vote immediately during that same visit. Please bring two forms of identification, at least one of which shows your current address.
Grace Period registration and voting takes place from now until Saturday, November 1st, at all early voting sites.
Finally, of course, you may also vote on Election Day–Tuesday, November 4th, between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.at your home polling place. To find your polling place, CLICK HERE or call 312-269-7900.
To reserve a ride to the polls on Election Day, please reply to this e-mail or call 773-973-4900.
I urge you to take advantage of this convenience to exercise your cherished right to vote.