Making Democracy Work


How do I register to vote? When is the next election? Where do I vote?

Voter registration

For information on voter registration, contact the Board of Election Commissioners for the City of Chicago, 69 W Washington Street, Suites 600/800, Chicago, Illinois 60602, 312-269-7900.

To verify your registration, find your polling place and your districts and view sample ballots, go to or phone the above number.

On Line Registration is available: It is possible to register to vote (or change your address) on line in Illinois if:

The applicant has either an Illinois Driver's License or State ID.
The signature is used for the ballot application.
The applicant has a Social Security number
If the applicant supplies her/his email address (optional), Illinois election code requires election officials to provide this email information to campaign committees and political organizations.

Voters need at least two forms of identification, at least one of which shows the address for their new/updated registration.

Information on early voting and grace period registration sites may be found at

Register, then Vote!

March 15, 2016 Primary Election

Results of the primary election are available here:

November 8, 2016 General Election

  • Aug. 10 - Nov. 3: Apply for mail ballot

  • Sept. 29 - Nov 7: Early voting at Board of Elections

  • Oct. 11: last day for regular voter registration (including online at

  • Oct. 12 - Nov. 7: Grace Period registration (must vote at same time)

  • Oct. 24 - Nov. 7: Early Voting at selected sites

  • Nov. 8: Election Day (may also register and vote at polling place)

Where and when to vote

Please be aware that the location of your polling place may have changed because precinct boundaries were changed after City Council redistricting. Verify the location at

No ID is required for voting in the voter's home precinct on Election Day unless the voter is voting for the first time and has registered by mail without verification. This information would be indicated to the judges by the Electronic Poll Book.