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

  • TBD      Apply for Vote By Mail ballot; Ballot must be postmarked by March 17
  • TBD      Early Voting & Registration at Loop Supersite
  • TBD      Online voter registration deadline
  • TBD      Early Voting & Registration in all 50 wards
  • March 16          Early voting ends
  • March 17          ELECTION DAY (6 am-7 pm)

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

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 Once a mail ballot has been returned to the Board, it cannot be retrieved or withdrawn.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, March 17, 2020

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?

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.

Research Your Ballot 

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.