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Early Voting Expands Across Chicago, Illinois: What You Need to Know

On Monday, early voting expanded to locations across all 50 wards in Chicago

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    Early Voting Opens Across More Sites

    Early voting options expanded to 50 sites in Chicago and dozens of others across the state Monday. Sandra Torres reports.

    (Published Monday, Oct. 22, 2018)

    Early voting options expanded to 50 sites in Chicago and dozens of others across the state Monday.

    Early voting began in Illinois last month, but only certain locations were made available at that time and online voter registration through the Illinois State Board of Elections ended Sunday.

    On Monday, voting expanded to locations across all 50 wards in Chicago. On Oct. 31, four additional sites will open at Chicago universities, officials said.

    The Nov. 6 election features races for governor and lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, comptroller, treasurer, and seats in the state House and Senate and in Congress.

    According to the State Board of Elections, 1.4 million voters cast early ballots in 2016, a presidential election year. Two years before, there were 497,000 early voters.

    Early voting was first allowed in the 2006 election and has gained popularity ever since.

    Here’s what you need to know if you’re planning to vote early in Illinois:

    Do I need a reason to vote early?

    In Illinois, you don’t need to provide a reason to vote early.

    If you are a U.S. citizen who will be 18 years old by Election Day and have lived in the state for at least 30 days before Nov. 6, you can cast an early ballot in any site within the county you live in.

    What if I’m not registered to vote yet?

    Voters can also register at any of the early voting sites, as long as you cast a ballot at that site and at that time. Any voter registering for the first time or filing an address update or name change must show two forms of ID, one of which showing the voter’s current address.

    How long does early voting last?

    The last day for early voting is Nov. 5.

    What do I need to bring?

    A government-issued photo ID is not required but is helpful should there be any question about a voter’s address or voters with the same name.

    Where and when can I vote?

    Chicago

    Mon, Oct 22 - Sat, Oct 27: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Sun, Oct 28: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

    Mon, Oct 29 - Fri, Nov 2: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

    Sat, Nov 3: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Sun, Nov 4: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

    Mon, Nov 5: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

    NOTE: On Nov. 5, six "permanent sites" will remain open thru 7 pm.

     

    Loop Super Site, 175 W Washington (On Nov 5, this site will remain open thru 7 pm.)

    Ward 1 Goldblatt's Bldg 1615 W Chicago

    Ward 2 Near North Library 310 W Division

    Ward 3 Hall Branch Library 4801 S Michigan

    Ward 4 King Community Ctr. 4314 S Cottage Grove (On Nov 5, this site will remain open thru 7 pm.)

    Ward 5 Jackson Park 6401 S Stony Island

    Ward 6 Dist. 3 Police Station 7040 S Cottage Grove

    Ward 7 Jeffrey Manor Library 2401 E 100th St

    Ward 8 Olive Harvey College 10001 S Woodlawn

    Ward 9 Palmer Park 201 E 111th St

    Ward 10 Vodak/Eastside Library 3710 E 106th St

    Ward 11 Dist. 9 Police Station 3120 S Halsted

    Ward 12 McKinley Park 2210 W Pershing

    Ward 13 West Lawn Park 4233 W 65th St

    Ward 14 Archer Heights Library 5055 S Archer

    Ward 15 Gage Park 2411 W 55th St

    Ward 16 Lindbloom Park 6054 S Damen

    Ward 17 Thurgood Marshall Library 7506 S Racine

    Ward 18 Wrightwood Ashburn Library 8530 S Kedzie

    Ward 19 Mount Greenwood Park 3721 W 111th St (On Nov 5, this site will remain open thru 7 pm.)

    Ward 20 Bessie Coleman Library 731 E 63rd St

    Ward 21 Woodson Library 9525 S Halsted St

    Ward 22 Toman Library 2708 S Pulaski

    Ward 23 Clearing Branch Library 6423 W 63rd Pl

    Ward 24 St. Agatha Parish 3147 W Douglas Blvd

    Ward 25 Chinatown Library 2100 S Wentworth

    Ward 26 Humboldt Pk Library 1605 N Troy

    Ward 27 Union Park 1501 W Randolph

    Ward 28 W. Side Learning Ctr 4624 W Madison (On Nov 5, this site will remain open thru 7 pm.)

    Ward 29 Amundsen Park 6200 W Bloomingdale

    Ward 30 Kilbourn Park 3501 N Kilbourn

    Ward 31 Portage Cragin Library 5108 W Belmont

    Ward 32 Bucktown-Wicker Park Library 1701 N Milwaukee

    Ward 33 McFetridge Sports Ctr 3843 N California

    Ward 34 W Pullman Library 830 W 119th

    Ward 35 NEIU El Centro 3390 N Avondale

    Ward 36 West Belmont Library 3104 N Narragansett

    Ward 37 West Chicago Av Library 4856 W Chicago

    Ward 38 Hiawatha Park 8029 W Forest Preserve

    Ward 39 North Park Vill. Admin. 5801 N Pulaski

    Ward 40 Budlong Woods Library 5630 N Lincoln

    Ward 41 Roden Library 6083 N Northwest Highway (On Nov 5, this site will remain open thru 7 pm.)

    Ward 42 Museum/Brdcst Communications 360 N State

    Ward 43 Lincoln Park Library 1150 W Fullerton

    Ward 44 John Merlo Library 644 W Belmont

    Ward 45 Dist. 16 Police Station 5151 N Milwaukee

    Ward 46 Truman College 1145 W Wilson

    Ward 47 Welles Park 2333 W Sunnyside (On Nov 5, this site will remain open thru 7 pm.)

    Ward 48 Edgewater Library 6000 N Broadway

    Ward 49 Pottawattomie Park 7340 N Rogers

    Ward 50 Warren Park 6601 N Western

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    University Early Voting - Wed, Oct 31 – Fri, Nov 2: 10 am-5 pm

    Chicago State Univ. 9501 S M L King Dr

    UIC Student Center 750 S Halsted

    Northeastern Ill. Univ. 5500 N St Louis

    NEW: University of Chicago Reynolds Club 5706 S University Av

     

    Cook County:

    For locations across Cook County click here.

    DuPage County

    For locations across DuPage County click here.

    Kane County

    For locations across Kane County click here.

    Kendall County

    For locations across Kendall County click here.

    Lake County

    For locations across Lake County click here.

    All other locations:

    To find a location near you, click here.

    Any tips for early voters?

    “We want to emphasize three key points about in-person Early Voting,” Election Board Chairwoman Marisel A. Hernandez said in a statement. “First, the first week of Early Voting is always the best for beating the traffic. Lines get longer in the second week. Second, you may register or update your registration when you come to Early Voting. Third, keep it simple: review your sample ballot and make a cheat sheet that you can bring with you to Early Voting or on Election Day.”

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