Upcoming Election

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General Election: Tuesday, November 6, 2018

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.

Key Dates

  • 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 

Any registered voter in Chicago is eligible to Vote by Mail. Once a mail ballot has been returned to the Board, it cannot be retrieved or withdrawn.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 websiteMail 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.

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.

This site will provide short interviews with candidates for Cook County positions. Funding provided by LWV of Cook County.

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: Information about referenda on the ballot, including League positions when applicable, will be available as items are identified.

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.