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Municipal Elections:  February 26, 2019

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

Key Dates

  • November 19-26, 2018   Candidates file petitions
  • November 28, 2018        First day to apply for a Vote-By-Mail ballot
  • January 17, 2019            First day of early voting at designated locations
  • 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 voting
  • February 10, 2019           Last day for online registration
  • 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
  • April 2, 2019                   Run-off election, if necessary

How, When, and Where to Vote

Early Voting

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 

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 Once a mail ballot has been returned to the Board, it cannot be retrieved or withdrawn.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. For more details on Vote by Mail, refer to the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners website. .

Election Day — Tuesday, February 26, 2019

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?

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

The League of Women Voters does not endorse candidates. 
 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.

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

Scheduled candidate events are listed on our calendar.