The 2020 General Election is in Your Hands!

Let’s deliver the vote, Chicago! This year’s general election is going to be a little different due to COVID-19 and social distancing. Thankfully, there are many ways to practice your civic duty while still keeping you and your community safe.

But First, Register to Vote

In order to have your voice heard in the 2020 general election on November 3, you have to register to vote. You can’t vote if you’re not on the rolls. Thankfully, Chicago offers voter registration online, by mail, and in person, making the process easy for you. Learn more from the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners (for voters registered in the City of Chicago).

Not in Chicago? Learn more from the Illinois State Board of Elections.

Important Dates to Remember

  • Wednesday, October 14 – Early voting starts, City of Chicago
  • Friday, October 18 – Last day to register online
  • Saturday, October 19 – Early voting starts, suburban Cook County
  • Tuesday, October 29 – Last day to request mail-in ballot
  • Tuesday, November 3 – Election Day, Final day to send in mailed ballot

Cast Your Vote by Snail Mail

Mail-in voting is a convenient and safe way to cast your ballot. If you live in Chicago, you can request a mail-in ballot online, and your ballot will be mailed to you. Follow all instructions that are sent to you for completing and returning your ballot. Chicago voters will receive an email when your mail ballot has been sent to you and an email when your completed ballot has been received. In order to be counted, mailed ballots must be postmarked no later than Election Day and must be received within 14 days of the election.

Not in Chicago? Visit the Illinois State Board of Elections for vote by mail information.

…or Drop Off Your Ballot

Voters in Chicago can drop of their ballot in secure drop boxes at all early voting sites. A list of early voting locations in Chicago will be updated here. Cook County will also have secure drop boxes at early voting sites where you can drop off your mail ballot. Dropped off mail ballots will be collected daily and time stamped upon receipt. The Cook County Clerk’s Office will be updating the list of locations on their website as they are announced.

Election Results at a Different Pace

With many people opting to mail their ballot due to COVID-19, we may not find out the election results on election night. While we may have to wait longer for results, it’s important that voters are heard and every vote is counted.

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