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2019 Mayoral Election FAQ

When is the election?
  • Election Day in Chicago is Tuesday, Feb. 26th and the polls are open from 6am to 7pm.
How does the election work?
  • In order to win the election, a candidate must receive more than 50 percent of the votes. If no candidate wins a majority of the votes on Election Day, the top two candidates will compete in a runoff election on April 2, 2019.
How do I register to vote?
  • If you need to register or verify that you are registered, take a look at the Chicago Board of Election website. If you’ve moved since the last election, make sure you update your registration.
  • If you’re not already registered, you can register online, via mail, in-person at Early Voting, on Election Day, or at the Secretary of State’s office. If you are registering in person, you must present two forms of ID, one of which must show your current address.
    • Last Day to Register by Paper Application: Jan. 29
    • Last Day to Register by Online Application: Feb. 10
Where do I vote?
How do I vote?
  • You can vote early at designated polling places, you can vote in person on Election Day, or you can vote by mail.
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  • A government-issued photo ID is not required but is helpful if there is a question about your registration, address or signature, or if there are two voters with the same or similar names at the same address.
Can I vote early?
  • Yes – Chicago voters may use any of the Early Voting locations in the city:
    • At the Loop Super Site: Jan. 29 – Feb. 25
    • At the 50 ward sites: Feb. 11 – Feb. 25.
  • Check out the Chicago Board of Election website for more detail on locations and schedules.
Do I need an ID to vote?
  • You do NOT need a photo ID if you are voting on Election Day and have voted from your current address before. However, you must bring a government-issued photo ID if you’ve changed your address or are voting for the first time at your polling place. You also do NOT need an Illinois Board of Elections voter ID in order to vote.
Can I vote by mail?
  • Yes – you can vote by mail. However, you must first submit a Vote by Mail application. Applications can be submitted online or at the offices of the Board of Elections. The deadline for requesting a ballot is Feb. 21 by 5pm. All Mail Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day (Feb. 26).