Early voting in Chicago begins City-wide March 2.
COTC 3/13/20: As you may have read in the media there are over 100 polling places that are refusing to host on Election Day, due to the virus. The Board of Elections is working to find alternate locations. Also 10% of all Election Judges, many who are senior citizens, are resigning. So what will happen is on election day there may be long lines because your polling place may be short staffed. You still must vote. My advice is 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 and each site is equipped with hand sanitizer and wipes. Good luck and please please vote!
Sat., March 14: 9 am-
5 pm ALL SITES, EXCEPT SUPER SITES, OPEN UNTIL 6PM. SUPER SITE HOURS UNCHANGED.
Sun., March 15: 10 am-
4 pm ALL SITES, EXCEPT SUPER SITES, OPEN UNTIL 5PM. SUPER SITE HOURS UNCHANGED.
March 17 Primary Election
The next election is March 17, 2020. If you’ve ever waited in line for an hour or more to vote you might want to check out early voting. The City of Chicago wants everyone to vote early. During Early Voting you can vote at any Chicago site regardless of where you live in the City of Chicago.
What is the Primary Election?
The primary elections determine the major party nominees who will appear on the ballot in November for offices such as president, U.S. and Illinois senate and House, judicial and statehouse candidates. In the Primary Election in Illinois you vote by party so you will receive a ballot (or ballot card if voting early or electronically) that includes only candidates for the party you select.
Longer lines on election day? Early voting in Chicago begins Feb 19!
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 “March 17, 2020 Presidential Primary Election Chicago” and pick a guide that matches your political affiliation.
Register to Vote
Early voting in Chicago begins City-wide March 2-16 at all 52 locations listed below:
Mon., March 2 – Sat., March 7: 9 am-5 pm
Sun., March 8: 10 am-4 pm
Mon., March 9 – Fri., March 13: 9 am-7 pm
Sat., March 14: 9 am-5 pm ALL SITES, EXCEPT SUPER SITES, OPEN UNTIL 6PM. SUPER SITE HOURS UNCHANGED.
Sun., March 15: 10 am-4 pm ALL SITES, EXCEPT SUPER SITES, OPEN UNTIL 5PM. SUPER SITE HOURS UNCHANGED.
Mon., March 16: 9 am-5 pm (On March 16, the six “permanent sites” will remain open thru 7 pm.)
New Loop Super Site/Election Board Annex Clark & Lake – 191 N Clark (On March 16, this site will remain open thru 7 pm.)
Ward 1 Goldblatt’s Bldg 1615 W Chicago
Ward 2 Near North Library 310 W Division
Ward 3 Hall Branch Library 4801 S Michigan
Ward 4 King Community Ctr. 4314 S Cottage Grove (On March 16, this site will remain open thru 7 pm.)
Ward 5 Jackson Park 6401 S Stony Island
Ward 6 Whitney Young Library 415 E 79th St
Ward 7 Jeffery Manor Library 2401 E 100th St
Ward 8 Olive Harvey College 10001 S Woodlawn
Ward 9 Palmer Park 201 E 111th St
Ward 10 Vodak/Eastside Library 3710 E 106th St
Ward 11 Dist. 9 Police Station 3120 S Halsted
Ward 12 McKinley Park 2210 W Pershing
Ward 13 West Lawn Park 4233 W 65th St
Ward 14 Archer Heights Library 5055 S Archer
Ward 15 Gage Park 2411 W 55th St
Ward 16 Lindblom Park 6054 S Damen
Ward 17 Thurgood Marshall Library 7506 S Racine
Ward 18 Wrightwood Ashburn Library 8530 S Kedzie
Ward 19 Mount Greenwood Park 3721 W 111th St (On March 16, this site will remain open thru 7 pm.)
Ward 20 Bessie Coleman Library 731 E 63rd St
Ward 21 Woodson Regional Library 9525 S Halsted
Ward 22 Toman Library 2708 S Pulaski
Ward 23 Clearing Branch Library 6423 W 63rd Pl
Ward 24 St. Agatha Parish 3147 W Douglas Blvd
Ward 25 Chinatown Library 2100 S Wentworth
Ward 26 Humboldt Pk Library 1605 N Troy
Ward 27 Union Park 1501 W Randolph
Ward 28 W. Side Learning Ctr 4624 W Madison (On March 16, this site will remain open thru 7 pm.)
Ward 29 Amundsen Park 6200 W Bloomingdale
Ward 30 Kilbourn Park 3501 N Kilbourn
Ward 31 Portage Cragin Library 5108 W Belmont
Ward 32 Bucktown-Wicker Park Library 1701 N Milwaukee
Ward 33 McFetridge Sports Ctr 3843 N California
Ward 34 W Pullman Library 830 W 119th
Ward 35 NEIU El Centro 3390 N Avondale
Ward 36 West Belmont Library 3104 N Narragansett
Ward 37 West Chicago Av Library 4856 W Chicago
Ward 38 Hiawatha Park 8029 W Forest Preserve
Ward 39 North Park Vill. Admin. 5801 N Pulaski
Ward 40 Budlong Woods Library 5630 N Lincoln
Ward 41 Roden Library 6083 N Northwest Highway (On March 16, this site will remain open thru 7 pm.)
Ward 42 Northwest Retail Space 321 N Clark
Ward 43 Lincoln Park Library 1150 W Fullerton
Ward 44 Dist. 19 Police Station 850 W Addison
Ward 45 Dist. 16 Police Station 5151 N Milwaukee
Ward 46 Truman College 1145 W Wilson
Ward 47 Welles Park 2333 W Sunnyside (On March 16, this site will remain open thru 7 pm.)
Ward 48 Edgewater Library 6000 N Broadway
Ward 49 Pottawattomie Park 7340 N Rogers
Ward 50 Warren Park 6601 N Western
Board of Election Commissioners, 69 W Washington St, 6th Floor
University Early Voting – March 11-13, 10 am-5 pm
Chicago State Univ. 9501 S M L King Dr
UIC Student Center 750 S Halsted
Northeastern Ill. Univ. 5500 N St Louis
University of Chicago Reynolds Club 5706 S University
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!