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Citywide Referendum Question FAQ

Today, the Circuit Court of Cook County entered its written order concerning the citywide referendum question appearing on all ballots in Chicago for the March 19, 2024 Presidential Primary Election - please see the court order below.

What does this court decision mean?

Early Voting and Voting By Mail will not be paused in Chicago. Voting will continue as normal. 

The question will still appear on the ballot, but currently votes will not be counted for the question.

Early Voting in Downtown Chicago Will Reopen on Wednesday, February 21 at 9:00am

Early Voting for the March 19, 2024 Presidential Primary Election in Downtown Chicago will reopen at the Supersite (191 N. Clark) and Board Offices (69 W. Washington, 6th Floor) on Wednesday, February 21 at 9:00am. 

Early Voting opened in Downtown Chicago on Thursday, February 15, but was paused late on Friday, February 16 due to court order from the Appellate Court of Illinois. Click here for more information.

Early Voting in Chicago is Paused Due to Court Order to Remove a Judicial Candidate

Early Voting for the March 19, 2024 Presidential Primary Election in Chicago has been paused due to court order from the Appellate Court of Illinois. See attached order below.

Early Voting at the Board Supersite (191 N. Clark) and Board Offices (69 W. Washington, 6th Floor) will remain closed until further notice. Board staff are working to reopen these sites as soon as possible.

Sample Ballots are Delayed Until Thursday, February 15

Due to some last-minute court activity and additional proofing required, Sample Ballots are not yet available on the Board's website. 

The Board aims to have those Sample Ballots available for voters on Thursday, 2/15/24.

Once they are, they will be available on the Your Voter Information page, or voters may also access their Voter Information from the form on the homepage.
 

Choosing a Political Party Ballot for the March 19th Primary Election

Do I need to register for a Political Party as part of my voter registration?

In Illinois, you do not need to register for a Political Party as part of your voter registration - unless you are currently on the Permanent Vote By Mail Roster.

For the upcoming Presidential Primary on March 19, 2024, you must request a specific party ballot when you go to vote: either in-person, early, or when requesting a Vote By Mail ballot.

16-Year-Olds May Now Pre-Register to Vote in Illinois

Starting January 1, 2024, 16-year-olds may pre-register to vote online through the Illinois State Board of Elections website. 16-year-olds will have their application held in abeyance until voting age.

To vote in the upcoming 2024 elections, you must be 17 years old on or before the date of the Primary Election (3/19/2024) and turn 18 on or before the date of the General Election (11/5/2024).

Deadline Approaching to Register Online or By Mail for April 7, 2015 Election

Chicago - Election Board must receive online or mailed-in applications by March 10 in order for those voters to be eligible to vote in person on Election Day in their precinct polling place. Those already registered at their current addresses need not act. If voters need to register or update their records after March 10, voters may use Grace Period registration.
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