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There’s been a lot of confusion about who can vote in Chicago’s 2019 municipal election, when early voting begins, and where the polls will be.

Since early voting begins tomorrow, we’re here to break down those logistics for you. Here’s a list of what you need to know about early voting in Chicago. 

Who can vote in Chicago's 2019 municipal election?

Yes, Chicago is a city within Cook County. The Feb. 26 municipal election, however, is only for Chicago residents. If you live outside of Chicago’s city limits, you cannot vote in this election.

When can I vote in Chicago's 2019 municipal election?

Early voting for Chicago’s 2019 municipal election begins tomorrow (Tues, Jan. 29), according to the Chicago Board of Election.

“Any ballots that voters cast in early voting are final. After casting ballots in early voting, voters may not return to amend, change or undo a ballot for any reason. It is a felony to vote more than once, or to attempt to vote more than once, in the same election,” the Chicago BOE website states.

Where can I vote in Chicago's 2019 municipal election?

It’s important to understand where you need to go to vote. It all depends on which day you’re planning to vote.

“Chicago voters will be able to use any Early Voting & Registration location in the city from Feb. 11 through Feb. 25,” the Chicago BOE website states.

For early voting between Jan. 29 and Feb. 10, you can only place your vote at the Loop Super Site, located at 175 W. Washington Street. Here are the voting times:

Jan. 29 through Feb. 2: 9AM-5PM

Feb. 3: 10AM – 4PM

Feb. 4 through Feb. 9: 9AM – 5PM

Feb. 10: 10AM – 4PM

For early voting between Feb. 11 and Feb. 25, you can place your vote at designated polling locations within the 50 wards and at the Loop Super Site. 

Here are the hours for the voting times for those sites:

Feb. 11 through Feb. 16: 9AM – 5PM

Feb. 18 through Feb. 22: 9AM – 7PM

Feb. 23: 9AM – 5PM

Feb. 24: 10AM – 4PM

Feb. 25: 9AM – 5PM

Here are the polling locations within the 50 wards. Locations with an asterik (*) next to them will be open until 7PM on Feb. 25.

Loop Super Site, 175 W Washington *

Ward 1: Goldblatt’s Building, 1615 W. Chicago

Ward 2: Near North Library, 310 W. Division

Ward 3: Hall Branch Library, 4801 S. Michigan

Ward 4: King Community Center, 4314 S. Cottage Grove *

Ward 5: Jackson Park, 6401 S. Stoney Island

Ward 6: Dist. 3 Police Station, 7040 S Cottage Grove

Ward 7: Jeffrey 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/Eastside Library, 3710 E 106th St

Ward 11: Dist. 9 Police Station, 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: Lindbloom Park, 6054 S Damen

Ward 17: Thurgood Marshall Library, 7506 S Racine

Ward 18: Wrightwood Ashburn Library, 8530 S Kedzie

Ward 19: Mount Greenwood Park, 3721 W 111th St *

Ward 20: Bessie Coleman Library, 731 E 63rd St

Ward 21: Woodson Library, 9525 S Halsted St

Ward 22: Toman Library, 2708 S Pulaski

Ward 23: Clearing Branch Library, 6423 W 63rd Pl

Ward 24: St. Agatha Parish, 3147 W Douglas Blvd

Ward 25: Chinatown Library, 2100 S Wentworth

Ward 26: Humboldt Pk Library, 1605 N Troy

Ward 27: Eckhart Park, 1330 W Chicago

Ward 28: West 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

Ward 35: NEIU El Centro, 3390 N Avondale

Ward 36: West Belmont Library, 3104 N Narragansett

Ward 37: West Chicago Ave Library, 4856 W Chicago

Ward 38: Hiawatha Park, 8029 W Forest Preserve

Ward 39: North Park Village Admin., 5801 N Pulaski

Ward 40: Budlong Woods Library, 5630 N Lincoln

Ward 41: Roden Library, 6083 N Northwest Highway *

Ward 42: Museum/Broadcast Communications, 360 N State

Ward 43: Lincoln Park Library, 1150 W Fullerton

Ward 44: John Merlo Library, 644 W Belmont

Ward 45: Dist. 16 Police Station, 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

For early between Feb. 20 and Feb. 22, 10AM-5PM, the polls will be open at the following area universities:

Chicago State Univ., 9501 S M L King Dr

UIC Student Center, 750 S Halsted

Northeastern Ill. Univ., 5500 N St Louis

What do I need to bring with me to vote?

According to the Chicago Board of Election, you’ll need to bring the following items with you to vote:

  1. A government-issued photo ID is NOT required, but is HELPFUL if there is. a question about registration, address, signature, or if there are two voters with the same or similar names at the same address
  2. Two forms of ID if you need to register for the first time, or file an address update or name change, at the polling site. ID must show your current address.