Voter Toolbox

When to Vote

Early Voting

Chicago

No matter where you live in the city, all Chicago voters can vote at any early voting site.

Loop Supersite (beginning Feb. 15)
191 N. Clark St. (Clark & Lake streets)
Chicago Board of Elections office, 6th floor, 69 W. Washington St.

  • Weekdays: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sundays: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Election Day: 6 a.m.-7 p.m.

Ward Precincts (beginning March 4)
Chicago Early Voting Sites

On Election Day, Tuesday, March 19, 2024, the Loop Supersite (191 N. Clark St.) and all 50 Ward early voting sites will also be open from 6 a.m.-7 p.m.

Suburban Cook County

On Wednesday, Feb. 21, early voting starts in the Pedway at the Cook County Administration Building, 69 W. Washington St., Chicago.

  • Feb. 21-March 9: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • March 10: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • March 11-March 15: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • March 16: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • March 17: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • March 18: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Election Day: March 19: 6 a.m.-7 p.m.

To find more suburban Cook County locations and times to vote early, go to the Cook County website here.
Suburban Early Voting Sites

All Other Illinois Counties

For early voting dates, times and locations in all other Illinois counties, visit the Illinois State Board of Elections website.
Illinois State Board of Elections

Key Info

Election Day

March 19, 2024

Election Day Voting Hours

6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

If you are in line by 7 p.m., you can vote after 7 p.m.

Do I need an ID to vote?

No.

Government-issued photo ID is not required for voting, but it is helpful if there is a question about the voter's registration, address, signature, or if there are two voters at the same address with the same names or similar names.

Two forms of ID are needed:

  • If you are registering in person at your home precinct on Election Day.
  • If you are filing an address change in person at your home precinct on Election Day.
  • If you are filing a name change in person at your home precinct on Election Day.
  • More information including acceptable forms of ID can be found here.

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Where to Vote

Chicago

  • Vote on Election Day at your local polling place.
    Chicago Board of Elections
    OR
    State of Illinois
  • Vote early or on Election Day at the Chicago Board of Elections Loop Supersite, 191 N. Clark St.
  • Vote early at the Chicago Board of Elections office, 69 W. Washington St., 6th floor.
  • Vote early or on Election Day at one of the 50 ward early voting sites, which will also be open.
Chicago Early Voting Sites

Suburban Cook County

All Other Illinois Counties

How to Vote

Registering to Vote

How do I register to vote before Election Day?

Online
Register online with the Illinois State Board of Elections by March 3.
Register to vote online
By Mail
Fill out this Illinois State Board of Elections PDF form and return it to: 69 W. Washington St., Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60602.
Download registration pdf
In Person

Register to vote when applying for — or reregistering for — your driver’s license at the Illinois Secretary of State's Office also known as “Motor Voter.”

Register on the same day you vote either at early voting sites or at your precinct polling place on Election Day. You must show two forms of identification and one must list your current address.

How do I register to vote on Election Day?

  • On Election Day, you can register to vote or update your registration.
    • You need to present two forms of identification to register to vote.
    • After registering, you can cast a ballot if you have not voted already.

Voting Early

Chicago

No matter where you live in the city, all Chicago voters can vote at any early voting site.

Loop Supersites (beginning Feb. 15)
191 N. Clark St. (Clark & Lake streets)
Chicago Board of Elections office, 6th floor, 69 W. Washington St.

  • Weekdays: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sundays: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Election Day: 6 a.m.-7 p.m.

Ward Precincts (beginning March 4)
Chicago Early Voting Sites

On Election Day, Tuesday, March 19, 2024, the Loop Supersite (191 N. Clark St.) and all 50 Ward early voting sites will also be open.

Suburban Cook County

On Wednesday, Feb. 21, early voting starts in the Pedway at the Cook County Administration Building, 69 W. Washington St., Chicago.

  • Feb. 21-March 9: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • March 10: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • March 11-March 15: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • March 16: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • March 17: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • March 18: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Election Day: March 19: 6 a.m.-7 p.m.

To find more suburban Cook County locations and times to vote early, go to the Cook County website here.
Suburban Early Voting Sites

All Other Illinois Counties

For early voting dates, times and locations in all other Illinois counties, visit the Illinois State Board of Elections website.
Illinois State Board of Elections

Voting by Mail

Chicago

Applications to Vote By Mail for the March 19, 2024 primary election are being accepted until March 15, 2024 at 5pm.

Apply online

Chicagoans can also apply online to Vote By Mail permanently

Suburban Cook County

Suburban Cook County residents can register online to permanently Vote By Mail or by contacting the Cook County Clerk’s Office Mail Voting unit at 312-603-0946 or [email protected].

After you fill out the Vote By Mail ballot, you can find a suburban Cook County location and time to return it.

All Other Illinois Counties

All other Illinois residents can find information on voting by mail on the Illinois State Board of Elections website.

If you change your mind and want to vote in person instead of Voting By Mail:

  • Voters can take their Vote By Mail ballot to any early voting site or their precinct polling place or nearest vote center on Election Day, surrender the ballot and then vote on a new ballot.
  • If you have not yet received your ballot in the mail, you will be asked to sign an affidavit form and then you will be allowed to vote.

Instructional Videos

Who Can Vote

Am I registered to vote?

Am I eligible to vote?

Yes,

if you are a U.S. citizen.

Yes,

if you are 18 years old by Election Day. You can vote in a Primary at 17 if you are 18 by the time of the General Election.

Yes,

if you are a student either attending college in another state or if you reside in another state but attend college in Illinois.

No,

if you are in prison or jail for a conviction of any kind.

Yes,

if you live in the precinct where you vote for at least 30 days prior to the election.

Yes,

if you are in pretrial detention (not convicted, awaiting trial).

Yes,

if you have completed a felony prison sentence, even if you are still on parole or probation.

About Your Ballot

Can I track my ballot in Illinois?

No.

Illinois does not have online ballot tracking.

Where does my ballot go?

What is ranked choice voting?