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

Downloadable General Election Information

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!

Dates for November 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
  • Oct. 23: last day for online voter registration 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

Same day voter registration in the precincts has been prohibited by a court order issued on September 27, 2016. This ruling will be appealed. Grace period registration remains available.

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.

November 2016 Ballot

What will be on the ballot for the general election November 8, 2016?

In addition to electing officials and voting on judicial retention, there will be several referenda on the ballot.

Offices on the ballot:

  • President/Vice President of the United States
  • U.S. Senator
  • State Comptroller (Vacancy/2-year unexpired term)
  • Representatives in Congress (all districts)
  • State Senators: 2-year terms in Districts 2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20 and 4-year terms in Districts 1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 28.
  • Representatives in the Illinois General Assembly
  • Commissioners of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (3 for 6-year terms and 1 for an unexpired 2- year term)
  • Cook County Circuit Court Clerk
  • Cook County State's Attorney
  • Cook County Recorder of Deeds
  • Board of Review (Tax Appeals) Commissioners: District 1 for four-year term; District 2 for two-year term
  • Appellate, Circuit and Subcircuit Judges to fill vacancies
  • Yes/No questions on whether to allow previously appointed or elected judges to remain on the bench.

Illinois Constitution Binding Amendment

Whether to amend the Illinois Constitution to require that all transportation taxes (including vehicle licenses and titles, as well as government fees on different forms of transportation) be spent only on transportation projects (roads, highways, bridges, airports and mass transit) and related administration costs.

Cook County Binding Referendum

Shall the Office of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds be eliminated and all duties and responsibilities of the Office of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds be transferred to, and assumed by, the Office of the Cook County Clerk by December 7, 2020?

City of Chicago Advisory Referenda

  • 1. Whether the state should make gun trafficking a felony and require gun shop owners and employees undergo background checks.
  • 2. Whether the state should provide "full and equitable" funding to the Chicago Public Schools.
  • 3. Whether the city should work with state and federal officials on prioritizing infrastructure projects.

Debates/Voter Education


The link to the video voters' guide on WTTW is:

Watch 2 minute videos of candidates in contested races for Congress; Cook County State's Attorney, Clerk of the Court, and the Board of Review Commissioner for the 3rd District; and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Board. Candidates were filmed at the WTTW studio and were able to choose what they wanted to say during their 2 minutes. The Cook County League is partnering again with WTTW to provide voters this opportunity to learn more about candidates in the Nov. 8 election.

Referendum The Cook County League is urging all voters to VOTE "YES" on the binding referendum which asks whether the elected position of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds should be eliminated and all duties of the office transferred to the Cook County Clerk. This referendum will appear near the end of the ballot after all the judges.


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Sun-Times (


Vote for Judges ( bar associations' recommendations for judicial candidates.

Below is the full list of forums being presented by WTTW Chicago Tonight. All forums will start at 7pm.

See, for recorded forums and other material.

  • DATE: Thursday, October 20, 2016: OFFICE: Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County; CANDIDATES: Dorothy Brown (D), Diane Shapiro (R)

  • DATE: Monday, October 24, 2016: OFFICE: Cook County State's Attorney; CANDIDATES: Kim Foxx (D), Christopher E. K. Pfannkuche (R)

  • DATE: Tuesday, October 25, 2016: OFFICE: Illinois Comptroller; CANDIDATES: Susana Mendoza (D), Leslie Munger (R)

  • DATE: Wednesday, October 26 2016: OFFICE: U.S. Senate; CANDIDATES: Tammy Duckworth (D), Mark Kirk (R)

  • DATE: Thursday, October 27, 2016: OFFICE: 8th Congressional District; CANDIDATES: Peter DiCianni (R), Raja Krishnamoorthi (D)

  • DATE: Tuesday, November 1, 2016: OFFICE: 10th Congressional District; CANDIDATES: Robert Dold (R), Brad Schneider (D)

Know B4 You Vote--A public forum and discussion of the referenda that will be on the November 8th ballot.

  • Where: Beverly Unitarian Church, 10244 South Longwood Drive
  • When: Saturday October 22, 2016
  • Time: Doors open at 6:30pm; forum begins at 7pm

Sponsoring organizations: NAACP (South Side and South Suburban branches) South Siders for Peace, Citizens in Action Serving All (CASA) Blue Island, Unity in Diversity Group.

Senate candidate debate

Senator Mark Kirk and Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth have agreed to participate in a debate co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Illinois, ABC7 Chicago and Univision Chicago.

Friday, November 4, 2016.-- Debate taped live at 7:00 for broadcast at 10:35 p.m.