"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.

Feb. 28 Election for Alderman of the 4th Ward - Overview

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tues., Feb. 28 but only for voters in Chicago's 4th Ward to elect the Alderman of that ward for the remaining two years of the 2015-2019 term. If one of the five candidates on the ballot receives more than half the votes on Feb. 28, that candidate will be elected. If no candidate receives more than half the votes, a run-off between the two candidates who receive the most votes on Feb. 28 will be conducted on April 4. This election is required because the previous alderman resigned in early 2016, less than a year into the current four-year term.

New Loop Super Site for Early Voting & Registration at 15 W. Washington St.

Chicago Election Board officials opened their new annex, the Loop Super Site for Early Voting and Registration, at 15 W. Washington St., a location designed to handle three times as many voters downtown, particularly during peak periods in the last days before Election Day.

Private group mails voter registration forms

A private organization called the Voter Participation Center (VPC) is sending millions of letters to prospective voters throughout the United States, but some recipients are not eligible because they are too young or not yet citizens. Still other recipients are already registered to vote. And in some cases, recipients have reported the solicitations were addressed to their deceased relatives. While some recipients need to register and will find these forms helpful, voters who are unsure whether they already are registered are advised to check their registration status online here.

Gough: Think globally, act locally on voter language assistance

‘If you take care of the community, the community will take care of you’

Gough Speaks on Best Practices in Translations

COLLEGE PARK, MD – Lance Gough, Executive Director of the Chicago Election Board, credited the late Mayor Harold Washington on Wednesday with inspiring the wide-ranging language outreach programs that the Chicago Election Board offers.


Early Voting Starts Feb. 29 at 51 Sites in Chicago

Early Voting begins Monday at 51 Chicago sites 

Early Voting begins Mon., Feb. 29 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.  

Fourteen of these sites also will be open on Sun., March 6, weeknights March 7 through March 11, Sun., March 13 and Mon., March 14.  

Early Voting also will be offered on March 9 through March 11 at Northeastern Illinois University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Chicago State University.