CHICAGO — More voters than ever are expected to vote early or to vote by mail come this Election Day.
Election Day is officially Nov. 3, but voting starts much earlier in Chicago: Early voting will kick off Oct. 1 and officials will start sending out vote-by-mail ballots Sept. 24.
People who get a vote-by-mail ballot can fill it out and mail it in as soon or possible — or, if they want to ensure it’s safely processed without burdening the Post Office, they can take the ballot to an early voting site and put it in a secured drop box.
Officials are urging people to take advantage of these options so they can keep polling places from getting crowded Nov. 3, thereby protecting voters — and poll workers — from coronavirus.
Here’s where you can vote early in person or drop off your vote-by-mail ballot:
When Early Voting Sites Open
The Loop Super Site opens Oct. 1. Any Chicago resident will be able to go there to vote early, drop off a vote-by-mail ballot or register to vote.
Starting Oct. 14, all the other early voting sites — one per ward — will open. Not sure which ward you live in? Look it up with your address here.
Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Election Day, Nov. 3: 6 a.m.-7 p.m.
So long as you are registered to vote in Chicago, you can use any of the polling places during early voting.
Loop Super Site at Clark & Lake, 191 N. Clark St.
Ward 1: Goldblatts Building, 1615 W. Chicago Ave.
Ward 2: Ogden Elementary School, 24 W. Walton St.
Ward 3: Beethoven Elementary School, 25 W. 47th St.
Ward 4: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 4314 S. Cottage Grove
Ward 5: Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave.
Ward 6: Deneen Elementary School, 7257 S. State St.
Ward 7: Burnham Elementary School, 9928 S. Crandon Ave.
Ward 8: Olive Harvey College, 10001 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Ward 9: Curtis Elementary School, 32 E. 115th St.
Ward 10: Sadlowski Elementary School, 3930 E. 105th St.
Ward 11: Sheridan Elementary School, 533 W. 27th St.
Ward 12: Kelly High School, 4136 S. California Ave.
Ward 13: West Lawn Park, 4233 W. 65th St.
Ward 14: Edwards Elementary School, 4815 S. Karlov Ave.
Ward 15: Carson Elementary School, 5516 S. Maplewood Ave.
Ward 16: Lindblom Park, 6054 S. Damen Ave.
Ward 17: Southside High School, 7342 S. Hoyne Ave.
Ward 18: Carroll Elementary School, 2929 W. 83rd St.
Ward 19: Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St.
Ward 20: Fiske Elementary School, 6020 S. Langley Ave.
Ward 21: Turner-Drew Language Acad., 9300 S. Princeton Ave.
Ward 22: Ortiz De Dominguez Elementary School, 3000 S. Lawndale Ave.
Ward 23: Dore Elementary School, 7134 W. 65th St.
Ward 24: Herzl Elementary School, 3711 W. Douglas Blvd.
Ward 25: Jungman Elementary School, 1746 S. Miller St.
Ward 26: Casals Elementary School 3501, W. Potomac Ave.
Ward 27: Suder Elementary School, 2022 W. Washington Blvd
Ward 28: Westside Learning Center, 4624 W. Madison St.
Ward 29: Burbank Elementary School, 2035 N. Mobile Ave.
Ward 30: Lorca Elementary School, 3231 N. Springfield Ave.
Ward 31: Falconer Elementary School, 3020 N. Lamon Ave.
Ward 32: Pulaski Elementary School, 2230 W. McLean Ave.
Ward 33: Bateman Elementary School, 4220 N. Richmond St.
Ward 34: Dunne Elementary School, 10845 S. Union Ave.
Ward 35: NEIU El Centro, 3390 N. Avondale Ave.
Ward 36: Hanson Park Elementary School, 5411 W. Fullerton Ave.
Ward 37: McNair Elementary School, 4820 W. Walton St.
Ward 38: Hiawatha Park, 8029 W. Forest Preserve Dr.
Ward 39: Sauganash Elementary School, 6040 N. Kilpatrick Ave.
Ward 40: Mather High School, 5835 N. Lincoln Ave.
Ward 41: Oriole Park Elementary School, 5424 N. Oketo Ave.
Ward 42: Maggie Daley Park, 337 E. Randolph St.
Ward 43: Lincoln Park High School, 2001 N. Orchard St.
Ward 44: Inter American Elementary School, 851 W. Waveland Ave.
Ward 45: Hitch Elementary School, 5625 N. McVicker Ave.
Ward 46: Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson Ave.
Ward 47: Welles Park, 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.
Ward 48: Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway
Ward 49: New Field Elementary School, 1707 W. Morse Ave.
Ward 50: Warren Park, 6601 N. Western Ave.
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