Monday, October 29, 2018

Have You Voted Yet?

Early voting is underway! You can vote anytime between today and November 6th in the mid-terms, in which all members of the U.S. House of Representatives will be on the ballot, as well as all members of the Illinois House.

There are also county and state elections (including governor, in case you've been unbelievably lucky enough to avoid the JB vs. Rauner ads), as well as a slate of judges and many advisory referenda.

(FYI, city elections are in February 2019.)

If you are not registered to vote, or not registered at your current address or under your current name, you can register and vote at the same time. If you are doing this, go to any early voting site. You must bring two forms of ID, one of which shows your current address, and you must vote at the same time you register. This option is not available on Election Day.

Unlike Election Day (November 6th), you can early vote at any of the 51 sites. You do not have to vote in the ward in which you live. On November 6th, you must vote at your assigned polling place.

Early voting sites for the Uptown wards are Truman College (1145 West Wilson), Welles Park (2333 West Sunnyside), and the Edgewater Library (6000 North Broadway). A complete list of all early voting sites is here.

Early voting hours are:
  • Monday, October 29 thru Friday, November 2: 9am-7pm 
  • Saturday, November 3: 9am-5pm
  • Sunday, November 4: 10am-4pm
  • Monday, November 5: 9 am-5 pm - Hours For All Sites  (Note: On Nov 5, six "permanent sites," including Welles Park, will remain open thru 7 pm.)
If you have any questions about your registration or what the ballot looks like, check out or the wonderful BALLOTREADY website ("Every candidate and referendum, explained."), which lets you save your choices on your smartphone for reference.

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