Early Voting Sites Now Open in Each Ward. Here’s What To Know Before You Cast a Ballot

Voting booths are pictured on Jan. 26, 2023. (WTTW News) Voting booths are pictured on Jan. 26, 2023. (WTTW News)

Early voting sites for Chicago's municipal election will open in all of the city's 50 wards on Monday, running through Election Day Feb. 28.

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Voters can cast their ballot at any of these 50 locations, regardless of home address. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays, officials said.

People can also bring their completed mail-in ballots to early voting sites and place the envelopes in a secure drop box.  

The Chicago Board of Elections supersite at 191 N. Clark St. remains open to all voters as well.

Two forms of government-issued identification, one of which shows the voter's current address, are needed to register for the first time or to file a name change or update an address, officials said.

There's still time to apply to vote by mail; fill out the paperwork by Feb. 23.

As of Feb. 9, election officials reported they had received just under 30,000 mail-in ballots, and approximately 2,800 people had voted at the board's two early voting sites, which have been open since late January. 

According to polls, roughly 20% of voters are undecided about their choice for mayor. Candidates for City Council, City Clerk, City Treasurer and, for the first time, Police District Council are also on the ballot.

Want to know where the candidates stand on key issues? Check out WTTW's comprehensive Voter Guide:

— We gathered responses from mayoral hopefuls and candidates run for council.

— Not sure what ward you live in? Click here.

— More of a visual person? Click here to watch a recording of the televised mayoral forum hosted by WTTW News. 

— What happens to your ballot after you vote? WTTW News Explains.

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