Primary Election – March 17

Early Voting & Registration March 2 through March 16 
Locations and hours
 – Chicago voters who are: (1) already registered or (2) need to register for the first time or (3) need to file a name change or file an address change may use any Early Voting site in the City.
 – Information on ID for voting, registering or updating your registration name or your registration address.

Vote by Mail
Apply online for your Vote By Mail ballot starting Dec. 18
No excuse is needed. All Chicago voters may Vote By Mail.

March 12
Deadline is 5 pm for all Vote By Mail applications from civilians inside the United States to be received by Election Board. Chicago voters may apply online starting Dec. 18. Or, original hard-copy applications must be submitted in person, by mail or by certified courier. By law, we cannot accept email or fax applications from civilians inside the United States.

PLEASE NOTE: Although this is the legal deadline to apply, the Board strongly encourages filing applications to Vote By Mail by March 1 to ensure the voter has time to receive and return the ballot with a postmark on or before March 17.

March 12 – March 16
Missed a deadline? Vote in-person at the Election Board at 69 W. Washington St. or any Early Voting site.

March 17
Last day for postmark on the envelope to return a Vote By Mail ballot.

March 17
If a voter decides not to return the Vote By Mail ballot by Election Day, the voter may submit the Vote By Mail ballot to the judges at the precinct and polling place for that voter’s home address, and then cast a ballot in person. If the Vote By Mail ballot was lost or did not arrive, the voter may sign a “cancellation of Vote By Mail ballot affidavit” and cast a provisional ballot, also at the precinct and polling place for that voter’s home address.

March 31
Last day that a mailed Vote By Mail ballot (postmarked or certified March 17 or earlier) may arrive at the Election Board to be included in the count.

Learn more
On Election Day, a voter may cast a ballot only at the polling place assigned to that voter’s registration precinct. Hours are 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Find your polling place here.

Click here for a complete list of polling places.

For additional information, please visit the Chicago Board of Elections at