It’s Election Day, Chicago. Here’s what you need to know
It’s time for Chicagoans to vote in the race between incumbent Mayor Lori Lightfoot and eight challengers. Here’s what you need to know about voting today.
Chicago’s Feb. 28 municipal election is here, so Chicagoans need to cast their ballots.
Where do I vote?
Visit the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners website to find your local polling place or a list of secured drop box locations if you want to submit your mail-in ballot.
I got a mail-in ballot, so what now?
A mail-in ballot needs to be postmarked by Election Day, but mailed ballots are accepted up to 14 days after the election. A mail ballot can also be delivered in person by using a drop-off box until polls close at 7 p.m. on Election Day.
I want to vote in person but have a mail-in ballot. What can I do?
If you’ve requested a ballot to vote by mail, you can exchange the mail ballot at your nearest polling place for a regular ballot. Then you follow the normal in-person voting procedure.
Who are the mayoral candidates?
The Illinois Policy Institute compiled a list of the nine Chicago mayoral candidates, their endorsements, financial backers and positions on key issues. If a candidate gets over 50% of the vote, that person wins. Otherwise, the top two vote-getters will face one another in a run-off April 4.
Who else is on the ballot?
Besides the nine mayor candidates, Chicago voters will select the city clerk, treasurer, aldermen in all 50 wards and three members for each of the 22 Police District Councils.
When can I vote in person?
Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.