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Chicagoans Should Vote Early As Tornadoes Possible, Severe Storms Expected Election Day, Officials Say

Chicagoans can get ahead of the weather by voting early, returning vote-by-mail ballots or voting earlier Tuesday.

Election judge Jonathan guides voter Yas Ahmed as he submits his ballot at the Jefferson Park Library during the midterm elections on Nov. 8, 2022.
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CHICAGO — Elections officials are urging Chicagoans to cast their ballot early, saying severe weather — including possible tornadoes, damaging wind and hail — could hit on Election Day.

Tuesday’s election is expected to be highly consequential: Chicagoans will vote on the city’s next mayor, choosing between the ideologically divided Brandon Johnson and Paul Vallas. Fourteen aldermanic races are also up for grabs in the runoff election.

But potentially dangerous storms are also expected Tuesday, especially later in the day: There could be damaging wind, hail and tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service.

Chicagoans can get ahead of the weather by voting early this weekend or Monday, by returning vote-by-mail ballots or by voting earlier in the day Tuesday, according to a Chicago Board of Election Commissioners news release.

Early voting is available to all Chicagoans at 52 sites across the city. Chicagoans can vote at any early voting site before or on Election Day.

Chicagoans who have yet to get their vote-by-mail ballot can still vote in person.

Chicagoans can also vote at their precinct site on Election Day. Polls open 6 a.m. Click here to find your polling place.

Here’s what you need to know.

Election Resources

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Downtown Sites

There are two Downtown early voting sites that will be open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday.

  • Supersite, 191 N. Clark St.
  • Board of Election Commissioners Office, 69 W. Washington St.

Neighborhood Sites

Neighborhood sites will be open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday and 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday.

  • 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. 

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Tuesday has a chance for rain showers in the morning, and then it’s possible there will be rain and thunderstorms 11 a.m.-2 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Showers and more thunderstorms are likely after 2 p.m.

There’s a chance the storms Tuesday night could be “severe,” but the weather remains uncertain, according to the National Weather Service. The agency has said there could be hail, high winds and possible tornadoes.

The day will be mostly cloudy but warmer, with a high temperature near 60 degrees, according to the weather agency. Wind gusts could hit 20 mph.

It’s possible the rain and thunderstorms will continue overnight, and wind gusts could hit 40 mph Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

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