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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Register to Vote/Change Address/Change Name

When, Where & How to Register to Vote 

October 7, 2014 is the deadline to register to vote or update your registration in time to vote at the Nov. 4, 2014 General Election. 

  - Use this form. Fill in the blanks, print it, sign it and deliver it or mail it. You may use this form to register for the first time OR to file a name or address change.      Need Adobe? Click here.

  - Visit 69 W. Washington St., Sixth Floor. Bring two forms of ID, at least one of which shows your current address.

  - Visit an Illinois Secretary of State's Office only if also obtaining a new driver's license or state ID during that visit.

  - Register through an active deputy registrar affiliated with a local organization, such as a political party, ward organization or other state-certified body.

After your registration form is processed, the Election Board will mail a new voter card.

About Online Voter Registration

A new state law will provide online (web-based) voter registration starting in July 2014.  When the Illinois State Board of Elections launches that online-registration system, the Chicago Election Board will provide a link to that system on this web page.

Qualifications to Register to Vote

To register to vote, you must:

  - be a U.S. citizen;

  - be born on or before Nov. 4, 1996. 

  - live in your precinct at least 30 days before the election;

  - not be in prison/jail serving time for a conviction; and,

  - not claim the right to vote elsewhere.

Checking Your Voter Registration Status

Click here to check the status of your registration by entering the simplified version of your street address and your last name.

Cancelling a Voter Registration 

By law and for the voter's protection, the Election Board must receive an original, signed letter from the voter to cancel a registration. Send that letter to:

  Voter Registration
  Chicago Election Board
  69 W Washington St., Suite 600
  Chicago IL 60602

To report the death of a voter, you may send an email to with the full name, registration address, birth year and other identifying information of the deceased.  If you are a family member and can include a copy of a death certificate, please do so. If you are not a relative or cannot include a death certificate, the Election Board will attempt to verify the information you supply through the Illinois Vital Records System.