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General Election: Tuesday, November 6, 2018

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

Key Dates

  • August 8, 2018             First day to apply for Vote by Mail ballot
  • September 27, 2018    First day of grace period registration and early voting
  • October 9, 2018           Last day to register with an affiliated deputy voter registrar
  • October 21, 2018         Last day to register to vote online 
  • November 1, 2018       Last day to apply for Vote by Mail ballot
  • November 6, 2018       Election Day

How, When, and Where to Vote

Early Voting — September 27 - November 5, 2018

Early voting ballots are final. To find out more details on early voting registration and locations, refer to the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners website.

Vote by Mail — Last day to request a mail ballot - November 1, 2018

All registered voters in Chicago are eligible to Vote by Mail. The application is open now—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 Once a mail ballot has been returned to the Board, it cannot be retrieved or withdrawn.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. For more details on Vote by Mail, refer to the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners website. Mail ballots must be postmarked by November 6, 2018.

Election Day — Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Verify your 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. This information would be indicated to the judges by the Electronic Poll Book.

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?

A ballot can contain candidates for elected positions, as well as referenda. The resources below provide information about the upcoming election, including candidate information and sample ballots. The League of Women Voters does not endorse candidates. 
Illinois Voter Guide
The League of Women Voters of Illinois has developed a guide to inform Illinois voters on the candidates and their positions. Make your ballot choices online and use it as a guide for your real ballot.

All candidates for Cook County, State-wide offices, Congressional districts within the Chicago area, and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District were invited to film two-minute videos at the WTTW studios. The candidates chose what they would say, were able to use the teleprompter, and were filmed by the professionals at WTTW. There was no cost to the candidates for taking advantage of this opportunity to get out their messages. The League of Women Voters of Cook County is a co-sponsor of this Video Voters guide.

Endorsements from Other Resources
The League of Women Voters of Chicago does not endorse candidates. Here are some resources regarding candidate positions and endorsements based on associations and Chicago's major newspapers (Note: these resources may not always be up to date):

Ballot Referenda:
City of Chicago Advisory Referenda

  • Increase funding to schools and mental health services with revenue from marijuana sales. (LWV Chicago recommends a NO vote on this referendum because earmarking funds does not address the need for increased funding.)
  • Establish homeowners’ property tax exemption for incomes under $100,000.  (LWV Chicago has no position on this referendum.)
  • Ban the use of plastic straws.  (LWV Chicago has no position on this referendum.)

City of Chicago Referenda pending court action

  • Mayoral Term Limits (LWV Chicago recommends voting NO on this referendum based on LWVUS and LWVIL positions against setting term limits for local elected officials.)
  • Creation of Consumer Advocate 
  • LWV Chicago recommends a NO vote on this referendum. It is overly broad and fails to meet a present need.

Cook County Advisory Referenda

  • Adopt County minimum wage ($13/hour).  (LWV Cook County has no position on this referendum.)
  • Adopt County sick-leave policy (allows for workers to earn up to 40 hours of sick time a year)  (LWV Cook County has no position on this referendum.)
  • Strengthen gun trafficking penalties and gun-dealer certification requirements. (LWV Cook County supports voting YES on this referendum. It is part of SB 337; passed by the General Assembly on the Governor’s desk.)

More information on these referenda is available here.

Want more information on the 2018 Midterm election? Check out our presentation.

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.

The League of Women Voters trains volunteers to moderate candidate forums/debates.

Scheduled candidate events are listed on our calendar.