The race for mayor of Chicago included two candidates — Brandon Johnson and Paul Wallace — and only about a dozen voters. went to the second roundOn April 4, Chicagoans will once again go to the polls to decide who will occupy the fifth floor of City Hall and to determine the leadership of the City Council for the next four years.
Almost half of Chicago voters didn’t pick Johnson or Wallace in the Feb. 28 election, that is weeks to drain will be an all-out sprint to get the voter support needed to win. Company limits have been removedwhich means Chicagoans can see more ads funded by Super PACssome of which have donors of dark money.
Until the February elections were in many ways good news for existing alternativessecond rounds are almost guaranteed in a dozen races — 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 21, 24, 30, 36, 43, 46, 48 departments — and possibly in 1, 29 and 45.
Most wards had open races when an incumbent was leaving office or had recently retired. See more here. And in the other three, it’s too close, as the mail-in ballots that keep coming in have the incumbents teetering just short of the 50%+1 mark they need to avoid a runoff.
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Among the results that are firmly decided are: Chicago voters elected 62 people on February 28 serving on the city’s first civilian police oversight boards, most of which were supported by the National Alliance Against Racism and Political Repression. Another eight winners were awarded the Fraternal Order of the Police.
- March 6: the first day to apply to vote by mail in the runoff election on April 4.
- March 17: the earliest date postal ballots are expected to be sent to voters.
- March 30: is the last day for the council to consider new postal vote applications.
- April 4: the runoff election and the mail-in deadline for a ballot that must be mailed in order to be counted.
- April 18: the last day that a mail-in ballot (postmarked by April 4) can arrive at the Election Commission for inclusion in the count.
Chicago voters should:
- be a US citizen
- were born no later than April 4, 2005
- reside in the same precinct at least 30 days before the election
- not claim the right to vote elsewhere
- not in prison or serving time on a criminal record
- Internet: Deadline to register use of Illinois driver’s license or state ID – 11:59 PM March 19.
- At the early voting site or on April 4: Show me two acceptable forms identification — at least one must include a current address.
- By mail: Download, fill out and mail this form until March 7.
Yes, unless you have registered for a permanent postal vote and opted for a municipal election. Members of the VBM standing list will receive an automatic VBM sent to their preferred address. Otherwise, any voter in Chicago has until March 30 to request a repeat mail-in ballot for a runoff. The online application is already open: https://www.chicagoelections.gov/en/vote-by-mail-application.html
When voters receive their VBM ballot, they can return it by regular U.S. mail and it must be postmarked on or before Election Day for the vote to be counted. Voters can also return their “ballot return envelope” to one of the secure drop boxes at any early voting location in Chicago on or before Election Day.
It’s important to know that for many families, Election Day coincides with spring break. For Chicago Public Schools families, the 2023 vacation begins on April 3rd and ends on April 7th. Max Bever, a spokesman for the Chicago Board of Elections, said people can request that their ballot be sent outside the city or state, but it’s wise to request it as soon as possible. “VBM ballots will begin mailing as soon as the ballot is complete, approx. March 17 or 18,” he said.
All early voting precincts from the last round of elections will remain the same. You can vote at any early voting location in all 50 boroughs and at the Loop Super Site starting Monday, March 20.
If you preferred to vote in person at your polling station on Election Day, it is highly likely, but not certain, that your polling place will remain the same. “Looks like it’s still the same polling stations, although I guess we’ll have some cancellations in the next couple of weeks. Voters will be notified in a letter about all changes in polling stations that will take place,” Bever said.
And yes and no, Bever said. “It’s become clear that we have a very similar overall voter turnout to 2019 and 2015 — Chicago voters simply chose to vote early, but specifically to vote by mail instead of showing up on Election Day,” Bever said. “I think you can see that the precedent is that we’re likely to see a similar overall voter turnout rather than some dramatic increase or decrease in the number of ballots cast.”
Here’s a look at where and when residents can vote in each jurisdiction ahead of the April 4 runoff election.
Locations and hours of operation are subject to change, so check with your local jurisdiction for the latest information.
Enter your address in the search box below to find one near you.