Presidential Primary Election: March 17, 2020

Presidential Primary Election: March 17, 2020

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


Key Dates

  • Dec. 18  |  Applications for Vote By Mail ballots open
  • Feb. 19  |  Early Voting & Registration opens at Loop Supersite
  • March 1  |  Last day for online voter registration
  • March 2  |  Early Voting & Registration opens in all 50 wards
  • March 12  |  Last day to apply for Vote By Mail ballot
  • March 16  |  Last day of Early Voting
  • March 17  |  ELECTION DAY (6 am-7 pm)

A note on the minimum voting age:
Any citizen who will turn 18 years old by or on the General Election on November 3, 2020 is entitled to vote in the Primary Election on March 17, 2020, even if the voter is only 17 years old at the time of the Primary. You must be 17 years old to register to vote. 

How to Vote

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 Once a mail ballot has been returned to the Board, it cannot be retrieved or withdrawn. 

  • December 18  |  Applications for Vote By Mail ballots open
  • March 12  |  Last day to apply for Vote By Mail ballot
  • March 17 |  Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day

Vote Early

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. You can also register to vote at every early voting site.

  • February 19  |  Early Voting & Registration opens at Loop Supersite
  • March 2  |  Early Voting & Registration opens in all 50 wards
  • March 16  |  Last day of Early Voting

Vote on Election Day — Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Find your voting location. The location of your polling place may have changed. Polling place hours are 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you are in line by 7 p.m., you are entitled to vote.

No ID is required to vote in your home precinct on Election Day unless you are voting for the first time and have 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, learn how to register
  

Research Your Ballot

Voters will vote for a candidate for President and other national, state and county positions. Voters must declare a party in order to vote in this 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! 
 

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. This guide will be made available closer to Election Day. 

Advisory Referenda

Referendum questions have yet to be set for this election.
 
For more information, please visit the Chicago Board of Elections website.