Board of Election Commissioners for the City of Chicago


Langdon D. Neal, Chairman
Richard A. Cowen, Secretary/Commissioner
Marisel A. Hernandez, Commissioner

Lance Gough, Executive Director
Kelly Bateman, Asst. Executive Director

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2014: Key Dates/Fast Facts

March 18, 2014 Primary Election

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Deadline to Register to Vote - Feb. 18, 2014 - Learn more

Click here for the mail-in form, which you may use to register for the first time or to update your name or address.

Grace Period Voter Registration (In-Person Only) - Feb. 19 - March 15, 2014 -  Learn more 

 - For those who miss the Feb. 18 mail-in voter registration deadline.
 - Requires coming to Election Board, 69 W. Washington St., 6th Floor
 - Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 am-5 pm; Sunday hours to be determined
 - 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 update their 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 same visit when they register.

Early Voting: March 3 - March 15, 2014   Learn more 
 - Voters registered in Chicago 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.
 - Certain sites will have limited hours on Sunday.

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). 
 - March 10 - 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. 
 - March 13 - 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. 
 - March 16-17 - In-person absentee voting at the Election Board, 69 W. Washington St. 
 - March 17 - Last day for postmark on the envelope to return an absentee ballot by mail.
 - March 18 - If a voter failed to submit absentee ballot with a postmark before Election Day (March 17 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 1 - Last day that a mailed absentee ballot (postmarked or certified March 17 or earlier) may arrive at the Election Board to be included in the count.

ELECTION DAY - TUES., MARCH 18, 2014    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.