Want to vote early in Chicago? Here’s how and where to vote by February 28.


Voters across Chicago elect mayors, aldermen, city treasurers, clerks and, for the first time, representatives on police district councils. Some voters also get questions about local referendums.

The battle for the fifth floor of City Hall involves nine candidates. Incumbent Lori Mayor of Lightfoot is seeking his second term, but like many other large-city mayors, he faces headwinds over rising crime, questions about public schools, and lingering problems. I’m here. The impact of her COVID-19 on the city’s business environment, public transportation, and other government services. Candidates have widely criticized her combative style and what they describe as a failure to deliver on her election promises. There is

Lightfoot has worked with a diverse group of people, including U.S. Congressman Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, former CPS CEO Paul Ballas, State Representative Cavium “Cum” Buckner, business owner and longtime candidate Willie Wilson, Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson, and Sixth Ward Aldo. Facing candidates in the field. Roderick Sawyer, Ward 4 Aldo. Sophia King and activist Jamal Greene.

If no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote by Election Day, February 28, the top two vote-getters will face off in a runoff election on April 4.

There are two main factors that will influence this year’s city council elections. With a wave of alderman exits by candidates seeking retirement, criminal charges, or higher office, May is sure to see multiple new faces. Also, after a bruised battle over redistricting, the constituencies have a whole new set of boundaries. That means candidates may be campaigning in new neighborhoods and voters may be in new constituencies. The Chicago Board of Elections also said he had cut the number of electoral districts by nearly 40 percent since last year’s primary. This means that most voters’ polling places have changed.

Board spokesman Max Biver said despite the “major changes” to polling stations, the board did not see any statistical anomalies that appeared to prevent people from voting after the changes. Stated. A “canary in the coal mine” on the issue of polling stations would make a big difference in provisional voting, he said.

“In the last November 8 election, we had over 6,000 provisional votes, far fewer than we have seen in other midterm elections,” Bever said. “Voter turnout was lower than we’d hoped, but it seems to have matched that trend across the state.”

“Most of the polling places in February will be the same as in November,” Bieber said.

New wards and polling places can be found below.

Chicago’s continued shift from machine politics to progressive organizing could continue as old-school politicians slip out of the limelight. Aldo. Ed Burke (14th) has not run for re-election for the first time in more than half a century, and former House Speaker Mike Madigan (who has dominated many local elections for years) has resigned amid federal criminal charges. Longtime moderates in parliament are also heading out. Meanwhile, groups affiliated with trade unions and American Democratic Socialists are trying to expand their reach and increase their numbers.

Voters in 11 of the city’s 50 wards (2nd, 3rd, 7th, 17th, 27th, 28th, 32nd, 35th, 42nd, 44th and 47th) have There is only one option for . Irvine Treasurer Melissa Conyers and Valencia City Clerk Anna, who ran for Secretary of State in 2022, also ran without voting.

For the first time, Chicago voters will see the Police District Council election on their ballots. These district representatives are responsible for working with agency officials on community police matters. District members are responsible for helping select individuals for community committees for public safety and accountability. That agency is tasked with electing and removing the heads of city police departments and police oversight agencies and setting CPD policies.

Below you can see which of the city’s 22 police districts you live in.

“This is unique in Chicago’s history and I hope voters will step up and vote,” Biver said.

The winner is the candidate with the most, second, and third most votes in each police station. But in his four police districts of Districts 1, 5, 6 and 14, he has only two candidates on the ballot. That means a writing candidate could be elected to city hall for the first time in Chicago’s history. Write-in candidates are only eligible if they submit a letter of intent to the city, Bever said. For example, if his 400 voters in District 1 wrote “Mickey Mouse,” Biver said he couldn’t win.

The names of write-in candidates who have filed papers with the City will not be available until February 22, eight days before Election Day. If two of her write-in candidates in the same district receive the same number of votes, election officials will choose the winner by lottery.

In the voting referendum, voters in District 16 will be asked whether they think District 63 and Racine Station on the CTA’s Green Line should be reopened for riders in Inglewood. In the District, voters will be asked about affordable housing near the Obama Presidential Center.

If you have not chosen to vote by mail but are unable to vote on Election Day, you may vote early. For information on early voting sites, State Election Commission website.

In Chicago, early voting began January 26 at the Loop Supersite (191 N. Clark Street) and the Election Commission Offices on the 6th floor at 69 Washington Street.

On February 13, early voting will be extended to polling places in each district.

In Chicago, residents can vote at any early voting site, regardless of where they live. The Chicago Board of Elections also accepts calls from voters seeking information at the Early Voting Election Center at 312-269-7900.

Whether you travel for business, can’t get to the polls on Election Day, or simply want to be free from your civic responsibilities, early voting is an option.

Early ballots will not be counted until voting closes on Election Day, February 28.

If you’ve already registered to vote and your address is correct, you don’t need to bring your ID, but it’s a good idea to bring it in case your signature doesn’t match what’s on file. If he plans to register on the same day he plans to vote, or if he needs to change his address or name, be sure he has two forms of identification. At least one of these IDs must have your current address.

anyone who has requested a mail-in ballot You should receive it immediately. February 23rd is the deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot. February 28th — Election Day — The last date a postmark on a vote-by-mail ballot is valid.

Chicago voters can either mail their ballots or drop them in the Chicago Electoral Commission’s secure drop-box. One important note: Each ballot must include a signed and sealed ballot return envelope with the voter’s name on it.

Mail-in ballots may be returned to the following drop boxes:

  • Chicago Electoral Commission (6th Floor, Commission Office), 69 W. Washington St., Chicago. You can submit your ballot at any time on this site until 7:00 pm on Election Day (February 28).
  • Chicago Electoral Commission Annex (Loop Supersite), 191 N. Clark Street, Chicago. 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday. Saturday 9am-5pm. Sunday (January 26-February 19) 10am-4pm. Monday through Friday, 9am to 7pm (February 20th to 24th). 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Election Day (Feb. 28).
  • Any of the early voting sites below. 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday. Saturday 9am-5pm. Sunday (13-27 February) 10am-4pm. 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Election Day (Feb. 28).

If you decide to vote early but have already received your vote-by-mail ballot, bring it with you when you go to vote in person to cancel your vote-by-mail ballot.

The Chicago City Council adopted a new map of the city’s 50 wards in May 2022.

The map traversed included 16 black-majority wards and 14 Latino-majority wards, which the Latino Caucus desired, given the growing population of Latinos across the city. It contains one less Latino section than it had in. It also includes Chicago’s first Asian-majority ward.

Enter your address in the search box below.

Enter your address in the search box below.

It shows, by jurisdiction, where and when residents can vote in advance of the February 28 election.

Locations and hours of operation are subject to change, so please contact your local jurisdiction for the latest information.

jurisdiction: Chicago Electoral Commission

Enter your address in the search box below to find the address closest to you.


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Written by Natalia Chi

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