You can avoid the lines at the polls on Election Day by VOTING EARLY!
Vote early at any one of 54 locations from now until Thursday, October 28th. Early Voting hours are from9:00 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 Clark and Rogers Walgreen’s)
1210 W. Elmdale (at Broadway)
6601 N. Western (2 blocks south of Pratt)
Chicago Board of Elections
69 W. Washington (across from Daley Plaza)
Early Voting is also available Sundays, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Board of Elections office, 69 W. Washington, and at two neighborhood locations, including Welles Park, 2333 W. Sunnyside.
You can also vote early by mail! Illinois law now permits you to vote absentee for any reason whatsoever. To obtain an absentee ballot application, reply to this e-mail or call my office (773-338-5796) and we will either mail or personally deliever an absentee ballot application to your door.
You will then 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 member of your family just turn 18?
If you missed the standard Oct. 5th voter-registration deadline, there’s a safety net. Through Tues., Oct. 26, 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 immediately vote during that same visit. Please bring two forms of identification.
Grace Period registration and voting takes place from now until Tuesday, October 26th, at the Board of Elections office, 69 W. Washington (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends, 9 a.m. to 12 Noon) and atthree university locations, including Northeastern University, 5500 N. St. Louis Ave., Building B, Room 153 (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
Although you can vote early, you cannot vote often. State law provides that once you cast a ballot during early voting, you cannot return during Early Voting or on Election Day to change your ballot for any reason.
I urge you to take advantage of this convenience to exercise your cherished right to vote.