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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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Petition Filing/Objection Information

The Candidates

2014 Election Calendar 

The Candidate List for the Nov. 4, 2014 General Election will be available here by September 2014.

Calendar for the Feb. 24, 2015 Municipal Elections & April 7, 2015 Run-Off (Supplementary) Elections
Candidates will begin circulating petitions in August 2014 and filing petitions in November 2014 to be on the 2015 Municipal Election ballots. Offices on the 2015 ballots will include Mayor, City Clerk, City Treasurer and Alderman in each of the City's 50 wards.

The Objections

The Chicago Electoral Board will meet on Fri., June 13, 2014 in the 8th Floor Conference Room at 69 W. Washington St., Chicago, to begin assigning hearing officers and scheduling hearings on objections to nominating papers related to the Nov. 4, 2014 General Election.
   Electoral Board Meeting Notice
   Electoral Board Meeting Agenda
   Hearing Schedule with Links to Objections
   Electoral Board - Notice of Expanded Hours

Electoral Board Rules of Procedure for the 2014 Primary Election
    Memo To Parties Regarding Electoral Board Rules 

The Basics

2014 Election Calendar

Canvass Schedule for March 18, 2014 Primary Election: Balloting System Preparations or "PRELAT" and Post-Election Vote-Counting Activities 
    Canvass Notices, Documents & Forms - Section 1
    Canvass Notices, Documents & Forms - Section 2
    Canvass Notices, Documents & Forms - Section 3
    Canvass: Verification & Canvass Of Returns - Form 20A

2015 Municipal Election Calendar

Interactive GIS Map: All Congressional & General Assembly Districts, including suburban and downstate sections 

Reference & Historical Materials on Candidate Objections & Electoral Board Decisions

Index of Electoral Board Decisions - This history of rulings on objection cases is sorted by topic with decisions that were issued by Electoral Boards and the courts. This document is intended to serve as a reference tool for candidates and objectors. (Updated April 2014) 

Library of Electoral Board Decisions - This document provides links to every Chicago Electoral Board decision issued since 1980, sorted by year and case number. This document is searchable by the last names of candidates or the lead objectors. (Updated Oct. 2013)

Electoral Board Rules of Procedure for the 2014 Primary Election
    Memo To Parties Regarding Electoral Board Rules 

How Votes are Counted & Reported on Election Night

Check this page regularly, as well as the web sites of the Illinois State Board of Elections and the Cook County Clerk, for updates on candidate filings and objections.

Seminar on How to Navigate the Petition Objection Process
The Chicago Election Board periodically offers candidates and campaigns a free seminar on what happens when objections are filed against a candidate's nominating petitions. Click here for seminar videos.