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Early Voting Starts In Chicago. Here’s What You Need To Know

Early voting at the Loop Supersite and Chicago Board of Elections Office started Friday. More voting sites will open Oct. 24.

Chicagoans cast their vote at Hibbard Elementary School in Albany Park during the Primary Election on June 28, 2022.
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CHICAGO — Early voting for the Nov. 8 election is underway at two locations Downtown. 

Early voting started Friday at Loop Super Site, 191 N. Clark St., and the Chicago Board of Elections Office, 69 W. Washington St. on the 6th Floor, according to elections officials. Residents can register to vote, cast ballots and turn in mail-in ballots at either site. 

The two Downtown locations will be open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 30, according to a news release from the city. There will be extended hours on weekdays until Election Day. Find more on that below.

Early voting locations in the 50 wards open Oct. 24.

Because Chicago has a new ward map, nearly half of the city’s voters have been assigned a new polling place for Election Day, elections officials said in a news release.

To find your polling place for Election Day and check your voter registration, you can go online or call 312-269-7900. 

Regardless of their assigned polling places, Chicagoans can register to vote and cast their ballots at any of the city’s early voting sites ahead of and on Election Day, officials said.

The Chicago Board of Elections is still hiring voting officials and poll workers. To qualify, you must be a Chicago resident, pass a background check and be fully vaccinated. Voting officials are paid $17 per hour and $230 for Election Day.

Here’s everything you need to know about early voting in Chicago:

Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago
Election judge Victor Ombalino demonstrates how to fill out a ballot at Hibbard Elementary School in Albany Park during the Primary Election on June 28, 2022.

When Early Voting Sites Open

The Loop Super Site and Chicago Board of Elections site opened Friday.

Early voting sites located in each of the city’s 50 wards starts Oct. 24. You can find a list of all the locations here and below.

Hours

(For the Downtown sites, through Oct. 30)

Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Extended weekday hours, Oct. 31-Nov. 7: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Weekend hours remain the same.

On Election Day, the Loop Super Site will be open 6 a.m.-7 p.m. The elections board site will be closed on Election Day.

(For the 50 ward locations, Oct. 24-Nov. 7)

Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturdays: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sundays: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Election Day, Nov. 8: 6 a.m.-7 p.m.

Locations

You can use any polling place to register to vote and cast your ballot during early voting.

Open now:

  • Loop Super Site, 191 N. Clark St.
  • Chicago Board of Elections Office, 69 W. Washington St., 6th floor

Opening Oct. 24:

  • 1st Ward – Goldblatts Building, 1615 W. Chicago Ave.
  • 2nd Ward – Near North Branch Library, 310 W. Division St.
  • 3rd Ward – Dawson Technical Institute, 3901 S. State St.
  • 4th Ward – Dr. Martin Luther King Center, 4314 S. Cottage Gr.
  • 5th Ward – Jackson Park, 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.
  • 6th Ward – Whitney Young Library, 415 E. 79 St. Chicago
  • 7th Ward – Trumbull Park, 2400 E. 105th St.
  • 8th Ward – Olive Harvey College, 10001 S. Woodlawn Ave.
  • 9th Ward – Palmer Park, 201 E. 111th St.
  • 10th Ward – East Side Vodak Library, 3710 E. 106th St.
  • 11th Ward – McGuane Park, 2901 S. Poplar Ave.
  • 12th Ward – McKinley Park Branch Library, 1915 W. 35th St.
  • 13th Ward – Clearing Library, 6423 W. 63rd Pl.
  • 14th Ward – Archer Heights Branch Library, 5055 S. Archer Ave.
  • 15th Ward – Gage Park, 2411 W. 55th St.
  • 16th Ward – Lindblom Park, 6054 S. Damen Ave.
  • 17th Ward – Thurgood Marshall Library, 7506 S. Racine Ave.
  • 18th Ward – Wrightwood Ashburn Branch Library, 8530 S. Kedzie Ave.
  • 19th Ward – Mt Greenwood Park, 3721 W. 111th St.
  • 20th Ward – Bessie Coleman Library, 731 E. 63rd St.
  • 21st Ward – West Pullman Library, 830 W. 119th St.
  • 22nd Ward – Toman Library, 2708 S. Pulaski Rd.
  • 23rd Ward – Ward Hall-St. Faustina Kowalska Parish, 5157 S. McVicker Ave.
  • 24th Ward – St Agatha Catholic Parish, 3151 W. Douglas Bv.
  • 25th Ward – Rudy Lozano Branch Library, 1805 S. Loomis St.
  • 26th Ward – Humboldt Park Library, 1605 N. Troy St.
  • 27th Ward – Union Park Field House, 1501 W. Randolph St.
  • 28th Ward – West Side Learning Center, 4624 W. Madison St.
  • 29th Ward – Amundsen Park, 6200 W. Bloomingdale Ave.
  • 30th Ward – Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave.
  • 31st Ward – Portage Cragin Library, 5108 W. Belmont Ave.
  • 32nd Ward – Bucktown-Wicker Park Library, 1701 N. Milwaukee Ave.
  • 33rd Ward – American Indian Center, 3401 W. Ainslie St.
  • 34th Ward – UIC Student Center, 750 S. Halsted St.
  • 35th Ward – Northeastern Il University El Centro, 3390 N. Avondale Ave.
  • 36th Ward – West Belmont Library, 3104 N. Narragansett Ave.
  • 37th Ward – West Chicago Library, 4856 W. Chicago Ave.
  • 38th Ward – Hiawatha Park, 8029 W. Forest Preserve Dr.
  • 39th Ward – North Park Village Admin Bldg, 5801 N. Pulaski Rd.
  • 40th Ward – Budlong Woods Library, 5630 N. Lincoln Ave.
  • 41st Ward – Roden Library, 6083 N. Northwest Hw.
  • 42nd Ward – Maggie Daley Park, 337 E. Randolph St.
  • 43rd Ward – Lincoln Park Branch Library, 1150 W. Fullerton Ave.
  • 44th Ward – Merlo Library, 644 W. Belmont Ave.
  • 45th Ward – Ho Chunk Nation, 4732 N. Milwaukee Ave.
  • 46th Ward – Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson Ave.
  • 47th Ward – Conrad Sulzer Library, 4455 N. Lincoln Ave.
  • 48th Ward – Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway
  • 49th Ward – Willye B White Park, 1610 W. Howard St.
  • 50th Ward – Northtown Library, 6800 N. Western Ave.

How To Turn In Mail-In Ballots

Officials began sending out vote-by-mail ballots Sept. 30.

Those ballots can be returned inside their signed and sealed ballot return envelopes via the Post Office up until Election Day or placed in drop boxes located at both Downtown sites starting now, or at any of the early voting ward sites starting Oct. 24 during normal hours of operation.

The secured drop-off box at the Super Site is available 24 hours until 7 p.m. Nov. 8.

Remember that early voting sites will have drop boxes but precinct polling places will not.

Any mail-in ballot mailed, postmarked or certified on or before Nov. 8 may be counted if it arrives within 14 days of Election Day.

The last day to apply for a mail-in ballot is Nov. 3.

Call 312-269-7967 on or before Nov. 3. if you don’t receive your ballot, lose a ballot or the return envelope or cannot submit a mail-in ballot by Nov. 8.

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