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Voting In Chicago 2022: Everything You Need To Know For Election Day Nov. 8

Chicagoans will vote for governor, state attorney general and a host of other federal, state and local races.

Chicagoans cast their vote at Hibbard Elementary School in Albany Park during the Primary Election on June 28, 2022.
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CHICAGO — Chicagoans will head to the polls Nov. 8 to vote in the 2022 general election.

Chicagoans will vote for governor, state attorney general and a host of other federal, state and local races.

Here’s what you need to know:

Voter Registration

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. 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: Chicagoans can vote by mail — and you don’t need a reason to take advantage of this process. You must have applied to do so by Nov. 3 for this election.

The city has sent out ballots, and they include a postage-paid envelope so voters can return the ballots for free.

Once you get and receive your ballot, you can fill it out and mail it back to the city, deliver it personally to the Election Board, leave it in a dropbox or have it delivered through a licensed service such as FedEX, UPS or DHL.

The ballot must be sent on or before Nov. 8.

Early Voting: Early voting has begun and runs through Nov. 7. During early voting, you can vote at any early voting site.

Two Downtown sites — 191 N. Clark St. and 69 W. Washington St., sixth floor — are open now through Nov. 7. Voting sites in the wards will be open Oct. 24-Nov. 7. Click here for a list of early voting sites and their hours.

• Election Day: Of course, you can also vote on Election Day at your local polling place. Here is a list of local polling places; go here to check where you should vote.

Chicago voters can also vote at any early voting site on Election Day. Click here for a list of early voting sites.

Polling places are open 6 a.m.-7 p.m. on Election Day.

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 or during early voting.

Where To Vote

• 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.

If You Need Help

Common Cause has a nonpartisan hotline you can call with questions about voting. Here’s contact information by language, according to its website:

English: 866-OUR-VOTE
Spanish: 888-VE-Y-VOTA
Arabic: 844-YALLA-US
Asian & Pacific languages: 888-API-VOTE
American Sign Language video: 301-818-VOTE
or text “OUR VOTE” to 97779

The U.S. Attorney’s Office will also operate a hotline on Election Day where people can report voting rights concerns. The numbers are 312-469-6157 and 312-469-6158. More information and resources here.

Equip For Equality operates an Election Day hotline for voters with disabilities who experience problems at polling places. The number to call is 800-537-2632. Voters who are deaf, hard of hearing or who have speech impairments can text 312-826-0049 or email voting@equipforequality.org.

What Else To Know

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What You’re Voting On

A variety of federal, state and local races will appear on the ballot for the Nov. 8 election. Some voters will also be asked their opinion for referenda questions.

Click here to see your sample ballot.

Here’s a full list of offices that will appear on the ballot.

A partial list of offices on the ballot:

  • U.S. senator
    • Tammy Duckworth
    • Kathy Salvi
    • Bill Redpath
  • Illinois governor and lieutenant governor
    • JB Pritzker and Juliana Stratton
    • Darren Bailey and Stephanie Trussell
    • Scott Schluter and John Phillips
  • Illinois attorney general
    • Kwame Raoul
    • Thomas G. DeVore
    • Daniel K. Robin
  • Illinois secretary of state
    • Alexi Giannoulias
    • Dan Brady
    • Jon Stewart
  • Illinois comptroller
    • Susana Mendoza
    • Shannon Teresi
    • Deirdre McCloskey
  • Illinois treasurer
    • Michael Frerichs
    • Tom Demmer
    • Preston Nelson
  • Congressional representatives
  • State senators
  • General Assembly representatives
  • President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners
    • Toni Preckwinkle
    • Bob Fioretti
    • Thea Tsatsos
  • Cook County clerk
    • Karen Yarbrough
    • Tony Peraica
    • Joseph Schreiner
  • Cook County sheriff
    • Thomas Dart
    • Lupe Aguirre
    • Brad Sandefur
  • Cook County treasurer
    • Maria Pappas
    • Peter Kopsaftis
    • Michael Murphy
  • Cook County assessor
    • Fritz Kaegi
    • Nico Tsatsoulis
  • Various judges

Voting On Judges

Go to Injustice Watch’s nonpartisan guide to the judicial primary elections for information about judicial candidates.

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