"Grace Period" In-Person Registration from Feb. 17 through March 15

Now Thru Feb. 28 only at 69 W. Washington St. Starting Feb. 29, at Early Voting sites across Chicago

In-Person “Grace Period” Registration Now Available

Voters who missed the standard online and mail-in registration deadline have a safety net to register and vote through Election Day through the “Grace Period.”


From Feb. 17 through Feb. 28, in-person registration will be available at 69 W. Washington.


From Feb. 29 through March 14, in-person registration will be available at early voting locations across the city.


On Election Day on March 15, registration services will be available by going to your local precinct polling place.


Chicago’s Grace Period sites and hours are listed here. Registering in-person through this “Grace Period” requires: (1) being ready to vote during the same visit and (2) presenting two forms of ID, at least one of which shows your current address. Acceptable forms of ID are listed here.

Notably, under a newer law, 17-year-olds who will turn 18 by Nov. 8, 2016 are eligible to register and vote NOW in the March Primary, even if they won’t be 18 on the date of the Primary.


To register to vote, a person must be: a U.S. citizen; at least 18 years of age by Nov. 8, 2016; and be a resident of the precinct at least 30 days before the election.


Chicago voters who already are registered at their current addresses need not act. Voters may verify their registration status by using the Election Board’s “Your Voter Information” system at chicagoelections.com.