Information on the 2022 General Election

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The November 8 General Election is just around the corner. This year, the Board of Elections has consolidated polling places, so please check its website for your voting location

Voting early is easier than ever either at an early voting location or by mail for those looking to vote ahead of Election Day. Below are the resources to help you participate in the democratic process this fall. 

Early Voting Starts October 7

Early voting for the General Election kicks off on October 7 in Chicago. Voters looking to cast their ballot early may do so at the following Chicago Board of Elections Supersites from October 7 through November 8:

191 N. Clark
69 W. Washington, 6th Floor


Supersite Hours:

October 7 through October 30:
Mondays through Fridays from 9 am to 6 pm
Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm
Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm

October 31 through November 7:
Mondays-Fridays from 9 am to 7 pm
Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm
Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm

November 8 (Election Day):
191 N. Clark will be open from 6 am to 7 pm
69 W. Washington, 6th Floor will not be open for voting on Election Day

Early Voting Begins October 24 in All 50 Wards

Apply to Vote by Mail by June 23

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Early voting for the 2022 General Election begins on Monday, October 24, in all 50 wards. Chicago voters may vote at any Early Voting location through November 8. 

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. 

Apply to Vote by Mail by November 3

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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 into 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, November 9, or later cannot be counted by law. If a voter places a ballot envelope in a mail drop box on November 8 in the afternoon or evening, they risk the chance of the envelope being postmarked on November 9 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 Tuesday, November 3, at 5 pm. 

Find Your Polling Place on Election Day

Voters who want to vote at their polling place on Election Day can find their polling location by entering their information on the Board of Election's website. The 49th Ward office has also created an interactive map of the voting precinct and polling places that residents may access by clicking here

Precinct polling locations will be open from 6 am to 7 pm on Election Day, November 8, only. Voters may also vote at any early voting location in the city on Election Day.

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! 

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The Chicago Board of Elections is seeking election judges and election coordinators ahead of the November 8 general election. Election judges can earn up to $230 and election coordinators can earn up to $450 for Election Day. 

Requirements of election judges:

  • Judges must be U.S. citizens. If they are 18 or older, they must be registered voters in Cook County.

  • Judges must be able to speak, read and write in English.

  • The Board of Elections encourages bilingual judges — especially those who speak Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Polish, Korean or Tagalog — to apply right away.

  • High school and college students can also apply.

Election judges’ responsibilities Include:

  • Arriving to the polling place 5 a.m. to set up on Election Day.

  • Opening the polls at 6 a.m.

  • Issuing the correct ballots to each voter and helping voters with registration and other questions through 7 p.m.

  • Completing reports after polls close.

More information on election judges and applications is available on the Chicago Board of Elections website. 

Requirements of election coordinators:

  • Coordinators must be U.S. citizens. If they are 18 or older, they must be registered voters in Cook County.

  • Coordinators must have be able to speak and understand English.

  • Coordinators must have expertise in the operation, maintenance and proper use of a wide range of computer technologies.

  •  Coordinators must have a cellphone available for making and receiving calls and text messages on Election Day.

  • Coordinators have to complete all required training courses and successfully pass the examination after each class.

  • High school and college students can also apply.

Duties of election coordinators include: 

  • Ensuring the polling place is accessible to voters with disabilities by following an accessibility guideline/check-off list.

  • Serving all day on Election Day from 5 a.m. until all work is completed after the polls close and until election judges have secured their materials and are about to leave to deliver those materials to the receiving station.

  • Having extensive knowledge of the Election Day registration procedures and directing the voter-registration activities on the e-poll book in the precinct.

  • Assisting election judges with Election Day processes and procedures.

  • Troubleshooting equipment problems and making minor repairs, such as changing the paper tape rolls.

  • Assisting election judges with completing polling place closing paperwork

More information on election judges and applications is available on the Chicago Board of Elections website.