CHICAGO — Election officials are urging Chicagoans to return their vote-by-mail ballots as soon as possible before the April 4 election.
Vote-by-mail ballots will be counted as long as they’re postmarked by April 4, which is Election Day — but officials released a statement Monday asking that the ballots be returned earlier if possible to ensure they’re counted by Election Day.
More than 198,000 people have applied to vote by mail, and 7,520 ballots have been returned, according to the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners.
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Once you get 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.
There are dropboxes at early voting sites:
- Supersite, 191 N. Clark St.
- Board of Election Commissioners Office, 69 W. Washington St.
- Ward 1, Goldblatt’s Building, 1615 W. Chicago Ave.
- Ward 2, Near North Library, 310 W. Division St.
- Ward 3, Dawson Technical Institute, 3901 S. State St.
- Ward 4, Dr. Martin Luther King Center, 4314 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
- Ward 5, Southside YMCA, 6330 S. Stony Island Ave.
- Ward 6, Whitney Young Library, 415 E. 79th St.
- Ward 7, Trumbull Park, 2400 E. 105th St.
- Ward 8, Olive Harvey College, 10001 S. Woodlawn Ave.
- Ward 9, Palmer Park, 201 E. 111th St.
- Ward 10, East Side Vodak Library, 3710 E. 106th St.
- Ward 11, McGuane Park, 2901 S. Poplar Ave.
- Ward 12, McKinley Park Library, 1915 W. 35th St.
- Ward 13, Clearing Branch Library, 6423 W. 63rd Place
- Ward 14, Archer Heights Library, 5055 S. Archer Ave.
- Ward 15, Gage Park, 2411 W. 55th St.
- Ward 16, Lindblom Park, 6054 S. Damen Ave.
- Ward 17, Thurgood Marshall Library, 7506 S. Racine Ave.
- Ward 18, Wrightwood Ashburn Library, 8530 S. Kedzie Ave.
- Ward 19, Mt. Greenwood Park, 3721 W. 111th St.
- Ward 20, Bessie Coleman Library, 731 E. 63rd St.
- Ward 21, West Pullman Library, 830 W. 119th St.
- Ward 22, Toman Library, 2708 S. Pulaski Road
- Ward 23, Hall – St Faustina Kowalska Parish, 5157 S. McVicker Ave.
- Ward 24, St. Agatha Catholic Parish, 3151 W. Douglas Ave.
- Ward 25, Rudy Lozano Library, 1805 S. Loomis St.
- Ward 26, Humboldt Park Library, 1605 N. Troy St.
- Ward 27, Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph Ave.
- Ward 28, Westside Learning Center, 4624 W. Madison St.
- Ward 29, Amundsen Park, 6200 W. Bloomingdale Ave.
- Ward 30, Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave.
- Ward 31, Portage Cragin Library. 5108 W. Belmont Ave.
- Ward 32, Bucktown-Wicker Park Library, 1701 N. Milwaukee Ave.
- Ward 33, American Indian Center, 3401 W. Ainsle St.
- Ward 34, UIC Student Center, 750 S. Halsted St.
- Ward 35, Northeastern IL University El Centro, 3390 N. Avondale Ave.
- Ward 36, West Belmont Library, 3104 N. Narrangansett Ave.
- Ward 37, West Chicago Library, 4856 W. Chicago Ave.
- Ward 38, Hiawatha Park, 8029 W. Forest Preserve Drive
- Ward 39, North Park Village Admin Bldg, 5801 N. Pulaski Road
- Ward 40, Budlong Wood Library, 5630 N. Lincoln Ave.
- Ward 41, Roden Library, 6083 N. Northwest Highway
- Ward 42, Maggie Daley Park, 337 E. Randolph St.
- Ward 43, Lincoln Park Branch Library, 1150 W. Fullerton Ave.
- Ward 44, Merlo Library, 644 W. Belmont Ave.
- Ward 45, Kolping Society of Chicago, 5826 N. Elston Ave.
- Ward 46, Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson Ave.
- Ward 47, Welles Park, 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.
- Ward 48, Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway St.
- Ward 49, Willye B White Park, 1610 W. Howard St.
- Ward 50, Northtown Library, 6800 N. Western Ave.
All vote-by-mail ballots that had been requested have been shipped, though Chicagoans have until 5 p.m. Thursday to apply online to vote by mail, according to the elections board.
The board has urged Chicagoans to apply before then to ensure there’s as much time as possible for the ballot to be shipped to their home, filled out and returned.
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