Chicago voters have two ways to cast ballots:
- marking a paper ballot
- On Election Day, the voter inserts the paper ballot into a ballot scanner
- For Voting By Mail, a team of election judges insert the mailed ballot into a ballot scanner
- using a touchscreen voting machine
- when you have completed voting, the machine prints out a paper ballot that the voter inserts in a ballot scanner on Election Day and during Early Voting
Both balloting systems provide verifiable paper trails for all ballots cast.
Voters Bill of Rights
No matter what, you have a right to:
- Cast your ballot without interference.
- Vote if you are in line by 7:00 p.m.
- Go to your home precinct and present IDs on election day to (a) register to vote or (b) update your registration, and then cast a ballot if you have not voted already at this election.
- Vote at your old polling place if you moved less than 31 days before the election.
- Get help voting from the election judges or from an eligible relative or friend.
- Use endorsements, sample ballots, or notes while voting.
- Protect the secrecy of your ballot.
- Check your ballot choices and correct any mistakes.
- Have your ballot counted fairly and impartially.
- Have your young child with you in the voting booth.
If any of these rights are violated, call Election Central on Election Day at 312-269-7870.
Before Election Day during Early Voting, call 312-263-1394.