Early voting throughout Cook County takes place from March 5-19.
While ballots have not yet been finalized due to challenges, it is anticipated that you will be able to vote at the Cook County Clerk's office beginning on February 21st. The office is located at 69 West Washington, 5th Floor, Chicago, IL.
February 21st-March 5th*
- City of Chicago Early Voting and Registration (16 W. Adams)
- Suburban Cook County Early Voting (69 W. Washington, 5th Floor, and Peday, Chicago)
- City of Chicago Early voting locations and hours
- Suburban Cook County Early Voting locations and hours.
*ballots have not yet been finalized; dates prior to March 5th are tentative at this time; please check the above links for additional information
The deadline to register to vote for the upcoming election is February 20th. If you miss this deadline you can register to vote during the early voting period but you must cast your ballot during the same visit.
To register to vote, you must:
- be a U.S. citizen, and
- be born on or before Nov. 6, 2000, and
- live in your precinct at least 30 days before the election, and
- not claim the right to vote elsewhere, and
- not be in prison/jail serving time for a conviction. (Note: Ex-convicts who have completed their sentences and who are no longer incarcerated are eligible to vote in Illinois.)
NOTE: A voter who needs to register OR file a change of address OR file a change of name during Early Voting & Registration needs to show two forms of ID, one of which showing the voter's current address.
If you wish to vote by mail, your application must be received by 5 p.m on March 15th.
City of Chicago Residents can apply online for a mail-in ballot with the City of Chicago Board of Elections.
Suburban Cook County residents can apply online with the Cook County Clerk's Office.
If you requested a vote by mail ballot, your ballot must be received by the Board of Elections by April 3rd and postmarked or certified March 20 or earlier.
Any registered voter may Vote By Mail. Voters do not need a reason or excuse to Vote by Mail.
When Illinois Voters Do (And Don't) Need Identification
No ID is needed when:
- The voter is already registered at the voter’s current address and is voting in the correct precinct.
- The signature appears to match the voter signature on file.
- Election Judges do not challenge the person’s right to vote.
You Need 1 Form of ID
One (1) Form of ID with voter’s current address is needed when:
- Election Judges challenge the person’s right to vote.
- Voter submitted mail-in registration form that did not have Illinois identification/driver’s license number or Social Security number.
You Need 2 Forms of ID
Two (2) Forms of ID are needed when:
- The voter is registering in person after Jan. 31, including in the voter's home precinct on Election Day.
- The voter is filing an address change in person after Jan. 31, including in the voter's home precinct on Election Day.
- The voter is filing a name change in person after Jan. 31, including in the voter's home precinct on Election Day.
One of these two IDs must list the voter’s current address.
Acceptable Forms of ID
- Passport or Military ID
- Driver's License or State ID card
- College/University/School/Work ID
- Vehicle registration card
- Lease, mortgage or deed to home
- Credit or debit card
- Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid card
- Insurance card
- Civic, union or professional membership card
- LINK/Public Aid/Department of Human Services card
- Illinois FOID card
Examples of mail addressed to voter that can be used as ID:
- Bill, Transcript or Report Card from School
- 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.
Source: Chicago Board of Elections
Important Election Dates
- Deadline for Vote by Mail Applications - March 15 at 5 p.m.
- Early Voting and Grace Period Registration at Select Locations-February 21st-March 19th
During this time period, early voting is only available at 16 W. Adams and 69 W. Washington
- Early Voting and Grace Period Registration throughout Cook County - March 5th-19th
- Election Day-Tuesday, March 20th
Remember, on election day you can vote ONLY at your assigned polling place. Click here to find your polling location in Chicago or Suburban Cook County
- Vote by Mail Deadline - April 3rd
Ballots must be postmarked by March 20th and received by April 3rd.
Am I registered to vote?
If you have moved you may have forgotten to update your voter registration or if you have not voted in the past few years your status may be listed as inactive.
Check your voter registration status today. If you need to update your address or register it is not too late. You can register to vote or update your address online until March 4th or register and cast your ballot in person during early voting from March 5-19th.
Check your voter registration status:
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