CHICAGO — Election Day is Nov. 3.
Chicagoans will be able to vote for a president, Cook County state’s attorney and a plethora of judges, among other posts. They’ll also have to decide if Illinois should adopt a graduated tax.
Hundreds of thousands of people have already cast a ballot through the mail or through early voting.
Here’s everything you need to know to vote:
1. Check Your Registration: You need to be registered to vote. You can check if you’re registered online.
2. Same-Day Registration: You can still register and then immediately vote on Election Day.
If registering and voting on Election Day, you must do so at your local polling place (you can check where that is here) and you must bring two forms of ID, including one showing your current address.
How To Vote
Once you’ve reviewed your voter registration information and made sure it checks out, you’re good to go. There are multiple ways to actually cast your ballot in Chicago:
• Voting by Mail: If you applied to vote by mail and got a ballot but have yet to submit it, election officials advise you to take your mail-in ballot to a drop box. Here’s where you can bring your vote-by-mail ballot on Election Day.
If you still want to mail it in, you should take your ballot directly to a post office and ensure it’s postmarked for Tuesday, they’ve said.
You will get an email when the Board of Elections has received your ballot.
If you applied to vote by mail but now want to vote in person, you can still do that. Just bring your blank mail ballot to a polling place, submit it and fill out a ballot. If you never got your mail ballot or lost it, you’ll have to fill out an affidavit, but you can still vote in person.
If you haven’t received confirmation that your mail-in ballot was processed, here’s what to do.
• Election Day: Of course, you can also vote on Election Day at your local polling place.
Polling places open 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday. You can search for your polling place online.
As long as you are in line by 7 p.m., you will be allowed to vote.
Do You Need An ID?
• An ID is not required to vote in most cases, but you will need to show one form of ID if an election judge challenges your right to vote. Here’s a list of acceptable forms of ID.
• You’ll also need two forms of ID if you’re registering to vote on Election Day.
Where To Vote
Polling places have changed recently due to the spread of coronavirus, so check your location online.
• Election Day Voting: If you’re voting on Election Day, you need to go to your local polling place. You can search for your polling place online.
Those who have concerns about voting due to the COVID-19 pandemic can submit a mail-in ballot.
If you’re voting in person, the Board of Elections has taken precautions to protect voters and poll workers.
Poll workers will wear masks, and voters are asked to wear them and will be provided with them if necessary. There will be hand sanitizer available.
Voters are asked to keep 6 feet of distance between them when waiting in line and there will be 6 feet of distance between voting booths. There will also be plexiglass near poll worker stations.
If You Have Issues
Run into confusion or anything that worries you while voting? You can contact the non-partisan Election Protect program at 866-OUR-VOTE.
What You’re Voting On
Chicagoans are voting on candidates for the presidency, Senate and House of Representatives, among other offices.
All of Illinois will vote on an amendment that would allow the state to adopt a graduated income tax, replacing its current flax tax so people of different income levels don’t pay the same tax rate.
Locally, you’ll be able to pick a Cook County state’s attorney, as well as various judges. If you’re baffled by which judges to select, Injustice Watch has a comprehensive judicial election guide that breaks down who will be on your ballot — and how they are ranked by various bar associations. Check it out here.
Want to go through a sample ballot and properly research each candidate (you’re our kind of person)? Check out your sample ballot here.
Stickers Or Wristbands
While Chicagoans received wristbands during recent elections, the Board of Elections will give out stickers this year.
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