Vote early to avoid lines on Election Day.
Early voting in Chicago begins City-wide March 2.
NOTICE: Due to Covid-19, voters are encouraged to use Vote By Mail or Early Voting before Election Day on Nov. 3, 2020.
NEW THIS FALL: Secured Drop Boxes will be available at every Early Voting site for any Chicago Vote By Mail voter to submit the signed and sealed Ballot Return Envelope.
COTC tip: Vote early. Go to the nearest location when it opens or right before closing when it’s less busy (hours and locations below). It’s all electronic voting during early voting (no paper) and each site should be equipped with hand sanitizer and wipes. During Early Voting City of Chicago residents can vote at any Chicago Early Voting site regardless of where you live in the City of Chicago. Good luck and please please vote!
Voting in the time of Covid
Every voter is encouraged to wear a facemask that covers the mouth and nose, whether visiting to use in-person Early Voting or to use a Secured Drop Box.
Voters in line must practice social distancing with 6 feet (2 meters) of space between persons in line.
Any ballots that voters cast in Early Voting are final. After casting ballots in Early Voting, voters may not return to amend, change or undo a ballot for any reason. It is a felony to vote more than once — or to attempt to vote more than once — in the same election.
Government-issued photo ID is not required but is helpful if there is a question about the voter’s registration, address, signature or if there are two voters at the same address with the same names or similar names. COTC tip: Bring your Voter Registration card, if you have it. It’s not required but helpful if you have an issue.
Registration services are available at every Early Voting site. Two forms of ID, one of which shows the voter’s current address, are needed to register for the first time or to file a name change or an address update.
Starting Oct. 1 through Oct. 13 – only at the Loop Super Site at Clark & Lake – 191 N. Clark St.
Vote early to avoid lines on Election Day – Early voting in Chicago begins October 1!
The Board of Elections is expecting high voter turn out. I think it will be a madhouse. The best way to vote is to Vote by Mail, The next best option is to vote early. The best time is at the beginning of the Early Voting schedule. Most people wait until the last day(s). Sundays are usually not crowded. If you’re Downtown the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is March 14. You may want to avoid that! Only residents of the City of Chicago can vote in Chicago.
Who to vote for
There are a number of voting guides available. Google “November 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election Chicago” and pick a guide that matches your political affiliation.
Register to Vote
Vote early to avoid lines on Election Day Starting Oct. 14 through Nov. 3 – All 50 wards
Monday-Friday – 8:30 am-7 pm
There are two ways to vote early: in person or by mail
If you’re not registered to vote register now. Then head to an early voting location during the dates listed above or request a ballot by mail now (if you’re registered) and avoid all the crowds. Good luck!