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Tuesday, March 19 is primary election day for the state of Illinois. Key offices including the President of the United States, state representatives, and senators will be on the ballot. Here we break everything you need to know on how to cast your ballot.

Who can vote

To be eligible to vote in Chicago, according to the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, an individual must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be eighteen years old by November 5, 2024
    • Be born on or before November 5, 2006
  • Not be registered to vote elsewhere 
  • Not be in prison or jail serving time for a conviction
    • The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners notes that “Ex-convicts who have been released from prison/jail and who meet all other requirements listed above are eligible to register and vote in Illinois. Ex-convicts who have been released and are on parole/probation ARE eligible to register and vote in Illinois.”

Registering to vote/Changing name or address

There are several options for registering to vote or changing voter information. To first check if you’re already registered, visit the Board of Elections Voter Registration Lookup portal at

To register online a citizen must have an Illinois driver’s license or State ID and then go to the Illinois State Board of Elections Online Voter Application website, The registration period for the primaries closed on March 3 at 11:59pm and reopens afterwards for the general election on March 21.

To register at in person early voting locations an individual must present two forms of identification, with at least one listing a person’s current address. The city’s fifty-one early voting sites are listed on the Chicago Board of Elections website ( and the Supersite is listed below.

Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • 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

Also the following mailed items can be used as ID and to confirm one’s address:

  • Bill, transcript, or report card from school
  • Bank statement, pay stub, or pension statement
  • Utility, medical, or insurance bill
  • Official mail from any government agency

To register on Election Day an individual must present two forms of identification, with at least one listing a person’s current address. To find your precinct polling place go to the Board of Elections voter information portal (

An individual may also register to vote at the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office if also obtaining a new driver’s license or state ID during that visit.

To register to vote by mail, use complete the downloadable form available at and deliver or mail it in to 69 W. Washington St., 6th floor, Chicago, IL, 60602.

Mail-in ballot

Voting by mail is available for the primary election and is available from Wednesday, Dec. 20 2023 at 9:00 am to Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 5pm. According to the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, voters seeking to vote by mail must submit an online form available at no later than five days before the election.

After completing the form, a printable ballot will be produced, including the address on where to mail the completed document. All mail-in ballots must be postmarked by election day to be counted.

Early voting

Early voting for the city is separated into two main types of locations: the downtown Chicago Supersite/Board Office and fifty local ward polling locations.

The Supersite and Board of Elections Office are open from February 15 through March 18. The Supersite is located at 191 N. Clark and Board Offices are located at 69 W. Washington, 6th floor. The downtown site operates during the following hours:

February 15 – March 10

  • Weekdays: 9am–6pm
  • Saturday: 9am–5pm
  • Sunday: 10am–4pm

March 11 – March 18

  • Weekdays: 9am–7pm
  • Saturday: 9am–5pm
  • Sunday: 10am–4pm

Early voting in all fifty wards begins on Monday, March 4 at 9am and operates through Election Day, March 19. Any registered voter in Chicago can vote at an early voting site across the city, no matter what ward they reside in. A full list of sites is available at:

A government ID is not required, but the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners states an “ID is helpful if there is a question about the voter’s registration, address, signature, or if there are two voters at the same address with the same names or similar names.”

Election day

All early voting sites and the Supersite will be open from 6am to 7pm on primary Election Day. A voter can vote here or at their assigned polling place on March 19. To find your assigned voting location, visit

No government IDs are required for registered voters, though the Board of Elections site states that one form of ID would be required if an election judge challenges a voter’s status, and two forms of ID for filing a name change or address change, or registering to vote in person.

Ward 1Goldblatts Building1615 W. Chicago Ave.
Ward 2Near North Library310 W. Division St.
Ward 3Dawson Technical Institute3901 S. State St.
Ward 4Dr. Martin Luther King Center4314 S. Cottage Gr. 
Ward 5Southside YMCA6330 S. Stony Island Ave.
Ward 6Whitney Young Library415 E. 79th St.
Ward 7Trumbull Park2400 E. 105th St.
Ward 8Olive Harvey College10001 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Ward 9Palmer Park201 E. 111th St.
Ward 10Vodak- East Side Library3710 E. 106th St.
Ward 11McGuane Park2901 S. Poplar Ave.
Ward 12McKinley Park Library1915 W. 35th St.
Ward 13Clearing Library6423 W. 63rd Pl.
Ward 14Archer Heights Library5055 S. Archer Ave.
Ward 15Brighton Park Community Campus 4830 S. Western Ave. 
Ward 16Lindblom Park6054 S. Damen Ave.
Ward 17Thurgood Marshall Library7506 S. Racine Ave.
Ward 18Wrightwood Ashburn Library8530 S. Kedzie Ave.
Ward 19Mt Greenwood Park3721 W. 111th St.
Ward 20Bessie Coleman Library731 E. 63rd St.
Ward 21West Pullman Library830 W. 119th St.
Ward 22Toman Library2708 S. Pulaski Rd.
Ward 23Hall-St Faustina Kowalska Parish5157 S. McVicker Ave.
Ward 24St Agatha Catholic Parish3151 W. Douglas Bv.
Ward 25Rudy Lozano Library1805 S. Loomis St.
Ward 26Humboldt Park Library1605 N. Troy St.
Ward 27Union Park Field House 1501 W. Randolph St.
Ward 28West Side Learning Center4624 W. Madison St.
Ward 29Amundsen Park6200 W. Bloomingdale Ave.
Ward 30Kilbourn Park3501 N. Kilbourn Ave.
Ward 31Portage Cragin Library5108 W. Belmont Ave.
Ward 32Bucktown-Wicker Park Library1701 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Ward 33American Indian Center3401 W. Ainslie St.
Ward 34UIC Student Center East750 S. Halsted St.
Ward 35Northeastern IL University El Centro3390 N. Avondale Ave.
Ward 36West Belmont Library3104 N. Narragansett Ave.
Ward 37West Chicago Library4856 W. Chicago Ave.
Ward 38Hiawatha Park8029 W. Forest Preserve Dr.
Ward 39North Park Village Admin Building5801 N. Pulaski Rd.
Ward 40Budlong Woods Library5630 N. Lincoln Ave.
Ward 41Roden Library6083 N. Northwest Hw.
Ward 42Maggie Daley Park Fieldhouse337 E. Randolph St.
Ward 43Lincoln Park Library1150 W. Fullerton Ave.
Ward 44Merlo Library644 W. Belmont Ave.
Ward 45Kolping Society of Chicago5826 N. Elston Ave.
Ward 46Truman College1145 W. Wilson Ave.
Ward 47Welles Park2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.
Ward 48Edgewater Library6000 N. Broadway St.
Ward 49Willye B White Park1610 W. Howard St.
Ward 50Northtown Library6800 N. Western Ave.
DowntownChicago Board of Elections 69 W. Washington, 6th Floor
DowntownSupersite 191 N. Clark St.
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Michael Liptrot is a staff writer at  South Side Weekly and the Hyde Park Herald.

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