Board statement on citizenship, registering to vote and accepted forms of ID under state, federal laws

Recently, voters have raised questions regarding the municipal ID program known as "CityKey." This statement outlines: how state and federal laws require election authorities to accept municipal IDs while registering citizens, but those laws allow only U.S. citizens to register and vote. The penalties for non-citizens registering and voting include fine, arrest and deportation. Voter registration and records of participating in elections are public records and are available to federal immigration authorities.

Early Voting opens at 51 Chicago sites

Early Voting begins Mon., March 5 at 51 locations in Chicago, and each site also will offer voter registration. Every site will be open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through March 19. From March 12-16, early evening hours also will be available at all 51 sites. Chicago voters may use any of the Early Voting sites in the city.

WANTED: Election Workers to Serve March 20

The Chicago Election Board announced Monday that poll workers are still needed to serve as Judges of Election and Election Coordinators at the Tues., March 20 Primary Election, with the greatest number of openings in precincts on the city’s North Side. US citizens who are registered to vote in Cook County may apply now at:

Downtown early voting to start Feb. 21; To expand to 51 city locations March 5-March 19

Early Voting at the new Loop Super Site at 16 W. Adams will begin on or about Feb. 21, sooner if possible, depending on how soon the balloting systems will be ready. Traditional Early Voting at 51 sites across the city will begin at its regular schedule (15 days before Election Day) from March 5 through March 19.

"Automatic" Voter Registration? It's still under construction

It's National Voter Registration Day, and the Chicago Election Board is reminding all voters that there is no "'Automatic' voter registration" just yet. Check your voter status online, and if you need to update your registration, you may do so online, with a mail-in form or in person at our offices. Although "automatic voter registration" was recently signed into law, key Illinois agencies do not expect that system to be operating fully until January 2019.

Chicago Election Board salutes new Automatic Voter Registration law

Under a new law signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday, Illinois became the tenth state with Automatic Voter Registration (AVR). Now, applications from US citizens for standard state driver’s licenses and state ID cards will double as applications to register to vote for the first time or update their addresses if the applicants have moved.

Election Board Enters Settlement Agreement with Justice Department on Accessible Polling Places

The Chicago Election Board has entered a settlement agreement after a 10-month joint effort with the U.S. Justice Department and Chicago-based Equip for Equality to evaluate the physical accessibility of polling places and Early Voting sites. The Board anticipates that several hundred precinct polling sites will need some forms of permanent or temporary modifications or will need to be re-located.