How do I register to vote? When is the next election? Where do I vote? Candidate/Referenda Information
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 http://www.Chicagoelections.com or phone the above number.
On Line Registration is available: ova.elections.il.gov 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.October 7, 2014 is the deadline to register to vote (or change your address) for the General Election.
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.
October 6 to November 4 + Grace Period Registration and Voting at Chicago Board of Elections, 69 W. Washington, 6th floor. You must vote when you register.
This permits grace period registration to take place on Election Day! NEW!!
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.
In addition to voting in the assigned precinct on November 4 there are the following options
Apply for ballot from August 6 to October 30
Postmark for returning absentee ballot is November 3
If the absentee ballot has not been submitted the voter may vote in her/his precinct on November 4.
Ballot requests and voting may be carried out on line.
In the November 4, 2014 General Election, Chicago voters will elect:
United States Senator
Governor Lieutenant Governor
Secretary of State
Representative in Congress (one in each District)
State Senator (only in Districts 3, 6, 12, 15, 18, 39)
Representative in the General Assembly (one in each District)
Three (3) Commissioners of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners
County Clerk of Cook County
Treasurer of Cook County
Sheriff of Cook County
Assessor of Cook County
Cook County Commissioner (one in each District)
Commissioner of the Cook County Board of (Tax) Review (District 3)
Appellate, Circuit and Sub-circuit Judges (to fill vacancies as needed)
Whether to retain various Appellate and Circuit Judges (yes or no)
Chicago voters also will DECIDE various binding and advisory referenda:
Whether to amend the Illinois Constitution to protect victims' rights (binding)
Whether to amend the Illinois Constitution to protect the right to vote (binding)
Increase the minimum wage to $10 per hour (advisory)
Impose a tax on incomes of $1 million or more to benefit education funding (advisory)
Require insurance coverage of birth control and contraception (advisory)
Whether to require background checks for firearm sales and ban assault weapons (advisory)
Whether the State of Illinois should increase funding for mental-health services (advisory)
Whether the FAA should revisit airport noise standards (advisory)
Revisit rules on locating medical marijuana dispensaries (advisory)
Whether to revise the school-funding formula for disadvantaged children (advisory)
Some sites that voters might find helpful regarding candidates are: