Langdon D. Neal, Chairman
Richard A. Cowen, Secretary/Commissioner
Marisel A. Hernandez, Commissioner
Lance Gough, Executive Director
Kelly Bateman, Asst. Executive Director
April 9, 2013 Special Election - Second Congressional District
Wed., March 13 - Sat., April 6, 2013 - Grace Period Voter Registration Learn more
- For those who missed the mail-in voter registration deadline.
- Requires going to Election Board, 69 W. Washington St., 6th Floor
- Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 am-5 pm; Sundays 9 am-3 pm
- Voters need at least two forms of identification, at least one of which shows the address of their new/updated registration.
- Also open to those who need to change name or address.
- After registering, "grace period" participants vote during the same visit.
- Those who use Grace Period registration/voting cannot use Early Voting, Absentee Voting or Voting in the Polling Place on Election Day and must vote during the visit when they register.
Early Voting: March 25 - April 6, 2013 Learn more
- Chicagoans registered at addresses in the Second Congressional Disrict may use any Early Voting site in the City.
- Voters do not need a reason or excuse to use Early Voting.
- Government photo ID is required.
- All sites open Mon-Sat, 9 am - 5 pm.
- On Sun., March 31, from 9 am - 3 pm, Early Voting only will be offered at the Chicago Election Board, 69 W. Washington St., Lower Level.
Vote by Mail / Absentee Voting Learn more
No excuse is needed. Any voter may cast a ballot absentee by mail. Original, completed and signed absentee applications must be delivered in person or by mail or certified courier. Absentee ballot applications CANNOT be submitted by email or fax (unless the application is from a military/overseas voter).
- April 1 - Last day for overseas civilians and military to have their voter registrations/absentee applications received by the Election Board. Fax and email applications are accepted.
- April 4 - All other absentee applications from civilians in the United States must be received by Election Board. Original applications must be submitted in person, by mail or by certified courier. Non-overseas/non-military applications cannot be submitted by email or fax. PLEASE NOTE: Although this is the legal deadline to apply, the Board strongly encourages filing applications for absentee ballots weeks earlier to avoid any delay in receiving your ballot so that you may return it with a postmark before election day.
- April 7-8 - In-person absentee voting at the Election Board, 69 W. Washington St.
- April 8 - Last day for postmark on the envelope to return an absentee ballot by mail.
- April 9 - If a voter failed to submit absentee ballot with a postmark before Election Day (April 8 or earlier), the voter may submit the unused absentee ballot to the judges at the polling place designated for that voter's precinct and cast a ballot in person. If the absentee ballot was lost or did not arrive, the voter may sign a "cancellation of absentee ballot affidavit" and cast a provisional ballot.
- April 23 - Last day that a mailed absentee ballot (postmarked or certified April 8 or earlier) may arrive at the Election Board to be included in the count.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - Special Election Day Learn more
On Election Day, voters may cast ballots only at the polling places assigned to their precincts. Hours are 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Find your polling place here.
Click here for a complete list of polling places.