It’s finally time to choose your next new Chicago mayor. The municipal elections on April 4 feature not only the highly contested race between Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson and former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas, but voters in some wards across Chicago will also choose between two finalists for alderperson. Elections will also be held in the suburbs, where voters will cast their ballots for many municipal offices, including village president, trustees and members of the school, library and park boards.
Here’s what you need to know to cast your ballot:
Casting ballots before Election Day continues to be a popular choice among voters. Here is where you can fill out your ballot in-person before April 4:
City of Chicago voters can cast their ballots early starting Monday, March 20. Voters can go to early voting locations in any ward, or at either of the two voting locations downtown .
Suburban Cook County residents can vote early in downtown Chicago at the fifth floor of 69 W. Washington St. beginning Wednesday, March 15. Outside of downtown, voters can pull their ballot at their neighborhood early voting location starting Monday, March 20.
Will County has already started early voting at the Will County Clerk’s office. More locations open on March 20.
Vote by mail
A record number of Chicago residents cast their ballots by mail in February’s mayoral election. Applications for a vote-by-mail ballot must be submitted to your local election authority by 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 30. If a resident is already on the list of voters who want to permanently vote-by-mail, that person does not have to apply again. All ballots must be postmarked by April 4 or else they will not be counted. Here is more information about applying for a vote-by-mail ballot.
Polls will be open on April 4 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., and do not require you to show an ID if you’re already registered to vote, though you might be required to show an ID if an election judge challenges your right to vote or if you’re registering to vote that day.