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How to take advantage of early voting in Chicago

Zach Long
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Zach Long

Election season is just weeks away from its conclusion, when voters around the nation will head to the polls on November 8 to decide who will become the next President of the United States. But if you've already made up your mind about who you're voting for or you'll be out of town on Election Day, you can take advantage of early voting in Chicago (which does, in fact, begin very early). Early voting is also a great option for anyone who doesn't want to stand in line on Election Day with all the other people who decided to wait until the very last minute to do their civic duty.

Before you beat the crowds to the polls, you'll need to confirm that you're registered to vote—just fill out this online form to check. If you're not registered, you have until 11:59pm on October 23 to register online, until October 11 to register by mail or until November 7 to register in person on the sixth floor of 69 W Washington St. You can also register at any polling location from October 12 through November 8, but you'll need to bring along two forms of ID, one of which displays your current address.

When you show up to vote early, you won't need to provide an excuse and you don't necessarily need to bring your ID with you (but you should, just in case). Once you vote, that's it—you won't be able to amend your ballot or cast a second ballot (so don't even think about it!).

Early voting in Chicago kicks off on September 29 and is divided into three phases. During the first two phases, you'll have to head to the Loop if you want to vote early, but on October 24, early voting will be available at locations in all 50 Wards. If you're not sure which ward you live in, you can find it here.

Phase 1:

Between September 29 and October 9, you can cast your ballot on the lower level of 69 W Washington St, Monday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sundays from 10am to 4pm.

Phase 2:

Between October 10 and 23, more than 100 touch screen voting machines will be available at 15 W Washington St, Monday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sundays from 10am to 4pm.

Phase 3:

From October 24 through November 7, you'll be able to cast your ballot at 15 W Washington St or visit a polling place (listed below) in each of Chicago's 50 Wards. Hours will vary throughout the early voting period as follows:

Monday Oct 24–Saturday, Oct 29: 9am to 5pm
Sunday, Oct 30: 10am to 4 pm
Monday, Oct 31–Saturday, Nov 5: 9am to 7pm
Sunday, Nov 6: 10am to 4pm
Monday, Nov 7: 9am to 7pm

Early voting sites:

Ward 1, Goldblatts Building, 1615 W Chicago 

Ward 2, Near North Library, 310 W Division

Ward 3, Chicago Bee Library, 3647 S State

Ward 4, Dr. M.L. King Center, 4314 S Cottage Grove

Ward 5, Jackson Park, 6401 S Stony Island

Ward 6, Whitney Young Library, 7901 S King Dr

Ward 7, Jeffery Manor Library, 2401 E 100th St

Ward 8, Olive Harvey College, 10001 S Woodlawn

Ward 9, Palmer Park, 201 E 111th St

Ward 10, Vodak/East Side, 3710 E 106th St

Ward 11, District 9 Police, 3120 S Halsted

Ward 12, McKinley Park, 2210 W Pershing

Ward 13, West Lawn Park, 4233 W 65th St

Ward 14, Archer Heights Library, 5055 S Archer

Ward 15, Gage Park, 2411 W 55th St

Ward 16, Lindblom Park, 6054 S Damen

Ward 17, Thurgood Marshall Library, 7506 S Racine

Ward 18, Wrightwood-Ashburn Library, 8530 S Kedzie

Ward 19, Mt. Greenwood Park, 3721 W 111th St

Ward 20, Coleman Library, 731 E 63rd St

Ward 21, Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S Halsted

Ward 22, Toman Library, 2708 S Pulaski

Ward 23, Clearing Library, 6423 W 63rd Pl

Ward 24, Douglass Library, 3353 W 13th St

Ward 25, Chinatown Library, 2100 S Wentworth

Ward 26, Humboldt Park Library, 1605 N Troy

Ward 27, Eckhart Park, 1330 W Chicago

Ward 28, W. Side Learning Center, 4624 W Madison

Ward 29, Amundsen Park, 6200 W Bloomingdale

Ward 30, Kilbourn Park, 3501 N Kilbourn

Ward 31, Portage Cragin Library, 5108 W Belmont

Ward 32, Bucktown-Wicker Park Library, 1701 N Milwaukee

Ward 33, McFetridge Sports Center, 3843 N California

Ward 34, West Pullman Library, 830 W 119th St

Ward 35, NEIU-El-Centro, 3390 N Avondale

Ward 36, West Belmont Library, 3104 N Narragansett

Ward 37, West Chicago Library, 4856 W Chicago

Ward 38, Hiawatha Park, 8029 W Forest Preserve

Ward 39, N. Park Village Adm. Bldg., 5801 N Pulaski

Ward 40, Budlong Woods Library, 5630 N Lincoln

Ward 41, Roden Library, 6083 N Northwest Hwy

Ward 42, Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N State

Ward 43, Lincoln Park Library, 1150 W Fullerton

Ward 44, Merlo Library, 644 W Belmont

Ward 45, District 16 Police, 5151 N Milwaukee

Ward 46, Truman College, 1145 W Wilson

Ward 47, Welles Park, 2333 W Sunnyside

Ward 48, Edgewater Library, 6000 N Broadway

Ward 49, Pottawattomie Park, 7340 N Rogers

Ward 50, Warren Park, 6601 N Western

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