Information on the 2022 Primary Election
Voting for the 2022 Primary Election kicked off on May 31. The 49th Ward office wants to make sure that you have all the helpful information you need so you can easily participate in the democratic process.
Early Voting Begins June 13 in All 50 Wards
Early voting for the 2022 Primary Election begins on Monday, June 13, in all 50 wards. Chicago voters may vote at any Early Voting location from June 13 through June 28.
Any voter who needs to register to vote for the first time or file an address update or name change must show two forms of ID, one of which reflects the voter's current address. A list of acceptable forms of ID is available on the Board of Election's website.
In the 49th Ward, voters can vote early at Willye B. White Park, 1610 W. Howard. A full list of early voting locations is available on the Chicago Board of Election's website.
Voters are allowed to bring in notes with them to a polling place when casting their ballot.
How to Pull a Sample Ballot
Voters wanting to view a sample ballot ahead of casting their vote may obtain one on the Chicago Board of Election's website.
Simply input your information on the Board of Election's "Your Voter Information" page and click on "Search." From there, a new page will appear with information containing your polling place, ward, precinct, and more. From there, you will want to click on the second tab located at the top of the box that reads "Sample Ballot." This tab will contain the sample ballots for your address.
Apply to Vote by Mail by June 23
Any Chicago voter can file an online application to vote by mail for the 2022 Primary Election. A voter does not need a reason or an excuse to vote by mail.
Thanks to a new Illinois law, voters now have the option to join a permanent vote by mail roster to have their ballots sent directly to their preferred mailing address ahead of every election. Voters can opt in to this option when applying for a Vote by Mail ballot online.
Voters will receive a ballot in the mail with instructions on how to fill it out and return it. Any ballot that is postmarked Wednesday, June 29, or later cannot be counted by law. If a voter places a ballot envelope in a mail drop box on June 28 in the afternoon or evening, they risk the chance of the envelope being postmarked on June 29 and, therefore, being considered as ineligible to be counted.
Voters may also return their mailed ballot to a Secured Drop Box at any Chicago Early Voting location before Election Day. Mail ballots may also be delivered personally to the Election Board at 69 W. Washington, Sixth Floor.
Voters who request a mail ballot but would prefer to vote in person can surrender their mail ballot at any early voting location or their polling place on Election Day to opt for an in-person ballot instead. Voters are NOT allowed to vote by mail and at an in-person location, they must choose only one method of voting.
If a person requests a mail ballot and it is not received by Election Day, voters will still have the opportunity to cast a provisional ballot. Voters who do not receive or lose their mail ballot may complete an affidavit at their polling place on Election Day saying that the ballot was never received or that it was lost.
For more information and to complete the vote by mail application, visit the Board of Elections website here. The deadline to apply for a mail ballot is Thursday, June 23, at 5 pm.
Find Your Polling Place on June 28
Voters who want to vote on Election Day are required to do so at their polling place. Voters can find their polling place and voter registration status by entering their information on the Board of Election's website.
You may register to vote at your polling place on Election Day. To do so, you must provide two forms of identification, one of which must show a current address. A list of acceptable forms of ID is available to view on the Chicago Board of Election's website.
Voters are allowed to bring in notes with them to the polling place when casting their ballot.
Apply to be an Election Judge!
The Chicago Poll Worker Connection allows Election Judges to apply online, see their assignment details, and see training details. The Board of Elections is specifically seeking Spanish-speaking election judges to serve in the upcoming primary. Those interested can apply at pollworker.chicagoelections.gov.
Election judges are paid $230 for completing the online training and then serves as an election judge on Election Day. Election judges are paid $170 for serving on Election Day without completing the online training. Returning election judges who completed online training prior to the November 2020 election will be paid $255 for serving on Election Day.
Apply here today!