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

March 15, 2016 Primary Election

Register, then Vote!

  • Dec. 16 - Mar.10: apply for mail ballot

  • Feb 4 - Mar. 14: Early voting at Board of Elections

Although February 4, 2016 is the statutory start of Early Voting, ballots WILL NOT be available on that date due to several recent objections to nominating petitions. The Chicago Board of Elections anticipates that voting systems will be tested and will be available on or before February 17.

The web page,, will have the updated schedule when it is available. Any voters who arrive at the Chicago Election Board in the meantime will be provided with an application to Vote by Mail.

  • Feb. 16: last day for regular voter registration (including online at

  • Feb. 17 - Mar. 14: Grace Period registration (must vote at same time)

  • Feb. 29 - Mar. 14: Early Voting at selected sites

  • March 15: Election Day (may also register and vote at polling place; first time for election day registration)

Voter must declare a political party-- Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Green

To be elected:

  • Delegates and alternates to serve at the national conventions
  • Ward Committeemen for the Democratic and Republican parties in each of the City's 50 wards

Candidates to Be Nominated
  • US President
  • US Senator
  • US Representatives (all districts)
  • Illinois State Comptroller (2 year unexpired term)
  • Illinois State Senators:
    2-year terms; Districts 2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, and 20;
    4-year terms; Districts 1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, and 28
  • Illinois State Representatives (all districts)
  • MWRD Commissioners (3 for 6 yr term, 1 for unexpired 2 year term)
  • Cook County State's Attorney
  • Cook County Circuit Court Clerk
  • Cook County Recorder of Deeds
  • Commissioners of the Cook County Board of Review (tax appeals)
  • District 1 (four year term)
  • District 2 (two year term)
  • Supreme, Appellate, Circuit and Subcircuit Judges (to fill vacancies if required)

Candidate information

The video Voters Guide prepared with the assistance of LWVCookCounty is scheduled to be on the WTTW web site by February 22. All candidates running for County-wide offices have been included.

There will be a forum with the candidates for Cook County State's Attorney on ABC7/Univision on February 26 and another on WTTW on March 10.

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.