How Do I Register?

To qualify to register to vote, a person must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be at least 18 years old by Election Day
  • Have been a resident of the precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day

Print the Chicago Board of Elections Register to Vote application. You can register at the Board of Elections headquarters. If you register in person, you need to present two forms of identification, at least one of which must show your present address. Acceptable forms of identification include your Driver’s License, state ID, utility bill, mail, paycheck, bank statement, and lease. If you register via mail, you will be asked to present these forms of ID the next time you vote.

Check Your Voter Registration Status

Make a Change Of Address Online
(or complete the reverse side of your current voter reg card and mail as indicated)

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Information Regarding the Elections

Finding Your Polling Place and Sample Ballots

With the new ward maps and the reduction of precincts some polling locations have changed. If you did not receive a notice of your polling location in the mail click below to verify your polling location.

Type in an Address to Find the Polling Place

47th Ward List of Polling Places

47th Ward Map of 48 Precincts

Type in an Address to See the Sample Ballot

Early Voting Info

See here for dates and locations (including a location in the 47th Ward). Note a government-issued photo ID (like a driver’s license) is required for early voting. Ballots cast in early voting are final. It is a felony to vote more than once — or to attempt to vote more than once — in the same election.

Absentee Voting

In the event that you cannot vote on election day or during the early voting period, you can vote absentee now–applications for absentee ballots are available for pickup in my office or you can find the form online.

Registering-to-Vote Grace Period

The usual means of voter registration or change of address are not available within 30 days of any election. However there is a grace period.