After the initial election in February, a few of the races (like the mayoral election!) are going into a runoff with voting happening today! As voters decide the winners in these key runoff races, we’ve rounded up some essential information on voting in Chicago.
What ward am I in?
Chicago’s ward map changed in 2022. To find your new ward to vote in the April 4 runoff election, put your address in the finder here to make sure you’re voting in the correct section.
Checking voter registration:
Make sure you’re registered to vote. If you’re not sure of your status, check here.
If you’re not registered to vote, you can still register the day-of and vote in this election. and To do so, you must go to your local polling place. Find it here and make sure to bring two forms of ID, one of which shows your current residential address.
How to vote on election day:
If you weren’t able to vote by mail or get to an early voting poll, there’s still one sure way to cast your ballot in Chicago: voting on Election Day at your local polling place. https://chicagoelections.gov/en/your-voter-information.html
Chicago voters are also able to vote at any of the early voting sites. Search for your correct Election Day polling place here.
Polling places are currently open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
What do I need to bring with me?
Make sure you bring a form of identification. While an ID is not required to vote in most cases, you could need to show one form of ID if an election judge challenges your right to vote. The acceptable forms of ID are:
- Passport or Military ID
- Driver’s License or State ID card
- College/University/School/Work ID
- Vehicle registration card
- Lease, mortgage or deed to home
- Credit or debit card
- Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid card
- Insurance card
- Civic, union, or professional membership card
- LINK/Public Aid/Department of Human Services card
- Illinois FOID card
What are we voting on?
Along with 14 City Council races to decide on, the mayoral race is one of the top contending issues in this runoff election as the city comes together to decide if former CPS CEO Paul Vallas or Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson will become the next mayor.
Before you go to the polls, check out a sample ballot ahead of time .