2020 General Election Information

The 2020 Presidential Election is on Tuesday, November 3. On September 24, 2020, the Chicago Board of Elections began sending mail ballots to registered voters who have requested one. Below you will find all the information you need on early voting, drop box sites, registering to vote, applying to become an election judge, and more.

Make sure your voice is heard by voting on or before November 3!

Make Your Voting Plan Today!

Having a voting plan is paramount to successfully participating in the democratic process. Research shows that having a voting plan can increase voter turnout by as much as 4.1%. Take a moment to review a sample ballot and then determine your plan today! 

Secure Drop Box Locations for Mail Ballots, 
Early Voting Starts October 1

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The Chicago Board of Elections began sending mail in ballots on September 24, 2020, to registered voters who have requested one. Voters are encouraged to drop off their completed mail ballot at any secure drop box located throughout the city to avoid delays in mailing back the completed ballot via USPS.

Beginning Thursday, September 24 through 7 pm on Tuesday, November 3 (Election Day), voters can return their mail ballot to the 24-hour drop-box located at 69 W. Washington.

Beginning Thursday, October 1 through Tuesday, October 13, voters can return their mail ballot to the secure drop-box or vote early at the Loop Super Site at 191 N. Clark. The hours for the Loop Super Site are 8:30 am to 7 pm Monday through Friday, and 9 am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday. 

Beginning Wednesday, October 14 through Monday, November 2, voters can return their mail ballot to any secure drop-box or vote early at any early voting site located throughout Chicago's 50 wards. In the 49th Ward, early voting and the secure drop-box will be at New Field Elementary, 1707 W. Morse.  There will not be voting at Pottawattomie Park this year. The hours for early voting and to return a mail ballot to a drop box at early voting locations are 8:30 am to 7 pm Monday through Friday, and 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday. 

On Tuesday, November 3 (Election Day), voters will be able to drop-off their mail ballot by 7 pm CST to any of the secure drop boxes located throughout Chicago's 50 wards. However, if a person chooses to vote in person on Election Day, they are required to vote at their polling place. To locate your polling place, visit the Chicago Board of Election's Voter Information page and input the address where you're registered to vote. 

If you choose to return your mail ballot via USPS, it must be postmarked on or before November 3 to count. Any mail ballot that is postmarked November 4 or later will not count. 

A voter may opt to vote in person instead of returning their mail ballot to a drop box or through USPS. If you choose to do this, you are required to bring your mail ballot with you to an early voting location or your polling place on Election Day and turn it in to an election judge to vote in person instead.

You can track your mail ballot on the Chicago Board of Elections' website here. If you have requested a mail ballot and have not received one by October 29, please contact the Chicago Board of Elections at 312-269-7967. If you still do not receive a mail ballot in time for the Election, you can go to your polling place on Election Day. You will be asked to sign an affidavit to complete a provisional ballot. 

Flatten the Ballot Request Curve, Apply NOW to Vote by Mail! 

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Make sure to apply to vote by mail now to help the Chicago Board of Elections prepare to send out ballots in a timely and efficient manner ahead of the November 3 General Election. Those who apply now will be the first in line to receive ballots when mailings start beginning in late September and early October.

Voters can apply to receive a vote-by-mail ballot on the Chicago Board of Elections websiteThose who are requesting a vote by mail ballot this election may opt to drop off their mail ballot (and, thereby, avoid delays with USPS) at any early voting location October 14 through November 3. The drop box and early voting location for the 49th Ward will be at New Field Elementary, 1707 W. Morse. 

#Vote2020 #VoteSafe #VoteByMail

Register to Vote! 

Confirm how you're going to vote this November. Visit the Chicago Board of Elections website to check your registration, to register to vote, or to update your voter registration address.

To Board of Elections also provides information for a number of options for registering to vote. Some of the easiest are:

  1.  Online

  2.  In-person at an Early Voting location. In the 49th Ward, early voting will take place at New Field Elementary, 1707 W Morse. 

  3. At your precinct polling location on election day on November 3 (check your polling location online)

  4. By mail, but you have to get it printed and postmarked by October 6!
     

If you are registering to vote or updating your voter registration address at an Early Voting location up to November 2 or at your polling place on Election Day, you are required to have two forms of identification. The Chicago Board of Elections has a list of acceptable forms of identification on their website.

To register to vote, you must:

 

  • be a U.S. citizen, and

  • be born on or before Nov. 3. 2002, and

  • live in your precinct at least 30 days before the election, and

  • not claim the right to vote elsewhere; and

  • not be in prison/jail serving time for a conviction. (Note: Ex-convicts who have been released from prison/jail and who meet all other requirements listed above are eligible to register and vote in Illinois. Ex-convicts who have been released and are on parole/probation ARE eligible to register and vote in Illinois.)
     

Through the Chicago Elections website, you can also apply to vote by mail or check the status of your vote by mail application. Mail ballots started getting mailed on September 24. 

Apply to Become an Election Judge!

COVID-19 has caused a national shortage of poll workers and election judges across Illinois. In order to have a fair, safe and secure election, it is vital to have election judges and poll workers.

I hope you'll take the opportunity, if you are able, to help further democracy and serve as an election judge. Click here to apply to serve as an election judge.

Design Your Vote Community Art Project

Kids, parents, grandparents, and friends are invited to a free community art project and contribute to making a mosaic of our state.

WHO: YOU!  All ages, No skill needed
WHAT: 6”x6” artwork 
WHEN: The deadline for submission is October 14, 2020
WHERE: Take a picture of your art and email it to designyourvoteil@gmail.com
WHY: Picture your Power then Use Your Power: Register to Vote;  Apply to Vote by Mail; Vote Early!

EXTRA CREDIT: Submit your art with your name and Ward 49, and Design Your Vote will include all the ward entries together on their Facebook Page with a little sentence highlighting our neighborhood. 

See website for additional details: www.designyourvote.com.

Office Hours*:

Monday: 9 am - 5 pm

Tuesday: 9 am - 5 pm

Wednesday: 9 am - 5 pm

Thursday: 9 am - 5 pm

Friday: 9 am - 5 pm

Ward Service Office:

1447 W. Morse Ave

Chicago, IL 60626

office@49thward.org

773-338-5796

*Please note the physical office remains

closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Our staff is working virtually from home

and is happy to answer calls and emails.

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