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October 2, 2020
Dear neighbor,

As the November 3rd General Election approaches, my office continues to receive questions related to voting. Below, please find answers to frequently asked questions that will assist you.

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office at or at 773.736.5594; or you can contact the Chicago Board of Elections at or at 312.269.7900.

Very Truly Yours,

Alderman Samantha Nugent
Vote by Mail
How do I request a Vote By Mail ballot?
Any Chicago voter can apply online to Vote By Mail ahead of the November 3rd, 2020 Election. No reason or excuse is needed to Vote By Mail.

To apply online for a Vote By Mail ballot, click here. Voters may use this system to apply for a Vote By Mail ballot through 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 29th, 2020.

To print a paper application, click here

How do I know the Chicago Board of Elections received my Vote By Mail ballot application?
Voters can check your Vote By Mail ballot application online by clicking here or by calling 312.269.7900.

I still have not received my Vote By Mail ballot. When will I receive it?
Vote By Mail ballot mailings began on September 24th. Voters who applied first will be the first to receive their ballots in the mail. 

How can I return my Vote By Mail Ballot?
The signed and sealed Ballot Return Envelope may be returned:
  • Through the U.S. Postal Service or a licensed courier, OR
  • By personal delivery to the Election Board at 69 West Washington Street, Sixth Floor, OR
  • At any of the Secured Drop Box Locations.
    1. The Election Board (69 West Washington Street),
    2. The Loop Super Site at Clark & Lake (191 North Clark Street), and
    3. At any Early Voting site in Chicago.
      • To learn more about Early Voting sites, please continue reading below. 
If I requested a Vote By Mail ballot, can I still vote in person?
Yes, voters can still vote in person even if they requested a Vote By Mail ballot. Voters should surrender their Vote By Mail ballot to the election judge at their polling place. If the voter does not have the mail ballot, the voter may cast a provisional ballot after completing a provisional-ballot affidavit (available on-site).

How do I know the Chicago Board of Elections received my Vote By Mail ballot?
Voters who applied to vote by mail online and supplied an email address will automatically receive email updates from the Chicago Board of Elections.

If voters do not have an email on file with the Chicago Board of Elections, they can track the ballot's status online by clicking here.

When do I need to return my Vote By Mail ballot by?
Vote By Mail ballots must be postmarked by Election Day. The Chicago Board of Elections will count ballots they receive up to two weeks after Election Day, as long as the ballots were postmarked by Tuesday, November 3rd, or a prior date.
Early Vote
Where and when does Early Voting take place?
The Ward's Early Voting site is Sauganash Elementary School (6040 North Kilpatrick Avenue). Early voting in our ward begins Wednesday, October 14th. The hours are:
  • Monday thru Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday thru Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Chicago voters may use any Early Voting & Registration location in the city, starting October 1st at the Loop Super Site (191 North Clark Street), and then beginning October 14th at the 50 Ward sites. To view the comprehensive list of Early Voting locations, click here

You may drop off your signed and sealed Vote By Mail ballot in the secured box at Sauganash Elementary School. The secured box will be located inside the building. Board of Election personnel will retrieve submitted ballots at the close of business each day. 
Vote in Person on Election Day
Will in-person voting be available on Election Day?
Yes, voters can vote in-person on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3rd.

How can I check my in-person Election Day voting location?
To look up your polling location, click here

If a polling place has a change of venue, voters in these precincts will receive a notice in the mail with their updated polling location.
Register to Vote
I recently moved. How do I change my voter registration address? 
Illinois voters can update their voter registration online here, or you can print a mail-in form by clicking here.

How can I check if my voter registration is up to date?
Voters can check their voter registration online here.
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