CHICAGO — A record number of Chicagoans opted to vote by mail this year due to the coronavirus pandemic — but if you want to change your mind and vote in person, it’s still possible.
More than 484,000 people have applied to vote by mail in Chicago. Though officials have said they’ll be able to handle the onslaught, some are worried it will put a strain on the local Postal Service or are concerned their ballots won’t arrive on time to be counted.
But there’s good news: Even if you applied to vote by mail, you can still decide to vote in person instead on or before Election Day (Nov. 3). Just make sure you don’t cast multiple ballots — that’s a crime.
Here’s what to do:
- Through Nov. 2, you can go to any early voting site (here’s our list) to cast a ballot. You will need to bring and submit your blank vote-by-mail ballot if you have it. If you do not have it, you’ll have to fill out an affidavit saying you lost it or never received it.
- On Election Day, go to your regular voting site (find it here). You will need to bring and submit your blank vote-by-mail ballot if you have it. If you do not have it, you’ll have to fill out an affidavit saying you lost it or never received it.
People can also fill out a vote-by-mail ballot at home and then leave it in a drop box at an early voting site.
Other election resources:
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