The deadline to register to vote in the February 22 mayoral and aldermanic election is Tuesday, January 25, 2011. If you have moved since the last election, you must re-register at your new address. You can check your registration status at www.chicagoelections.com.
You can register:
– by mail by downloading a Voter’s Registration Form
– in person at the Chicago Board of Elections, 69 W.Washington
– at your neighborhood library
– with a volunteer registrar
If you miss the Jan. 25 voter registration deadline, there’s a safety net. Through Tuesday, February 15, you may register to vote, update your address or file your name change during the “Grace Period.” During the “Grace Period,” you must register in person at the Chicago Board of Elections and then immediately vote during that same visit. Two valid pieces of identification are required; at least one piece must have your current address.
Early Voting and Vote by Mail
Early voting will begin Monday, January 31 and run through Thursday, February 17. You can vote at the
· Chicago Board of Elections, 69 W. Washington
· Edgewater Library, 1210 W. Elmdale
· Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson
· 48 Other locations
Hours are Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The downtown location is also open Sunday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The library and Truman College will be closed on the Lincoln’s Birthday holiday, Friday, February 11.
If you are a registered voter, you don’t need a reason or excuse to use the convenience of Early Voting. When voting early, you must bring a valid state ID. Once you cast a ballot during Early Voting, you cannot return during Early Voting or on Election Day to change your ballot for any reason.
Anyone can vote by mail; no excuse is needed. However, you must request an absentee ballot by February 17. You can download an absentee ballot application and get more information on-line, but you must mail in or hand-deliver the request to the Chicago Board of Elections.