Upcoming Election

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Municipal Elections:  February 26, 2019

 Be an informed voter.  Learn what's on your ballot.  

Key Dates

  • November 28, 2018        First day to apply for a Vote-By-Mail ballot 
  • January 29, 2019            Early voting at 175 W. Washington St, supersite location
  • January 29, 2019            Last day to register w/a Deputy Voter Registrar
  • January 29, 2019            Last day for receipt of a mail-in form 
  • January 30, 2019            First day of "grace period" registration and same-day voting
  • February 10, 2019          Last day for online registration
  • February 11, 2019          Early voting at 51 selected sites
  • February 21, 2019          Last day registered voters may apply for mail ballot
  • February 25, 2019          Last day for early voting
  • February 26, 2019          Election Day (6 a.m. - 7 p.m.)
  • April 2, 2019                   Run-off election, if necessary

How, When, and Where to Vote

Early Voting

If you are unable to vote on Election Day or just want to skip the lines, vote early. Find your early voting location. Early voting ballots are final. Registration services are available at every Early Voting site.

Vote by Mail 

All registered voters in Chicago are eligible to Vote by Mail. Apply online. Once a mail ballot has been returned to the Board, it cannot be retrieved or withdrawn. Ballots must be postmarked by the Election Day

Election Day — Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Verify your voting location. The location of your polling place may have changed. Polling place hours are 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

No ID is required for voting in the voter's home precinct on Election Day unless the voter is voting for the first time and has registered by mail without verification. 

Check your Registration:  Even if you think you are a registered voter, it is quick and easy to confirm by checking here.  If you aren't registered, see our Voter Registration page. 

What Is on My Ballot?

On the ballot for the city of Chicago
      • Mayor
      • City Clerk
      • City Treasurer
      • Alderman (one in each of the City's 50 wards)
NOTE:  If a candidate receives more than 50% of the votes for any office on February 26, that candidate will be elected.  If no candidate receives more than 50% of the votes for any office on February 26, the two candidates for that office who receive the most votes on election day will appear on the April 2 ballots in a run-off election.
Illinois Voter Guide
Use the nonpartisan Illinois Voter Guide to find your ballot, learn about candidates, opt-in for election reminders, find your polling place, and save and print your ballot to take with you to the polls! 

Candidate Questionnaires
The League is dedicated to informing voters about issues that affect residents. We have asked all candidates for city wide offices and aldermanic seats to respond to questions about issues that are now of concern to residents of Chicago. Candidates' responses can be found here.
Video Voters' Guide
Co-sponsored by LWV Chicago, WTTW's Video Voters' Guide invites all candidates for Chicago office to film two-minute videos about their candidacy at WTTW studios.
Advisory Referenda
There are no citywide referendum questions on the ballot. Check your own precinct.
As available, LWV Chicago will provide resources regarding candidate positions and endorsements based on associations and Chicago's major newspapers.

Candidate Forums

The purpose of candidate forums and debates is to allow voters an opportunity to hear candidates discuss issues face-to-face, to stimulate public interest in the campaign, and to provide the candidates an opportunity to engage with their constituents. Scheduled candidate events are listed on our Upcoming Candidate Forums page.
The League of Women Voters trains volunteers to moderate candidate forums/debates. If your organization or group would like help coordinating a nonpartisan candidates forum, please contact the League at league [at] lwvchicago.org.