We’re just one week from election day!
And if you want to beat the lines, the early voting polls are open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. until Thursday, Feb. 17.
If you haven’t registered to vote yet, today is your last day to participate in grace period voter registration at the Chicago Board of Elections office at 69 W. Washington St. until 5 p.m.
Regardless of where they are registered to vote, voters can use any of 51 polling stations at the Board of Elections offices and in all 50 wards. Besides the Welles Park field house, you can find other early voting locations here.
Voters have an opportunity to choose from the first slate of mayor candidates without a Daley since 1989, which has raised expectations for turnout with some campaigns are predicting as many as 1 million voters this year.
The 47th Ward has a surprise competitive election, as Ald. Eugene Schulter announced his retirement two weeks ago. This is the first time since 1975 that voters in the 47th Ward will not be able to vote for Eugene Schulter, as four new candidates are vying to succeed him.
33rd Ward Ald. Richard Mell and 40th Ward Ald. Pat O’Connor are both running uncontested.
The regular election day is Tuesday, Feb. 22. Run-offs for elections (both aldermanic and city-wide) that do not have a simple majority winner will be held on Tuesday, April 5.
UPDATE (2/15, 1 p.m.): A commenter reminded us of the absentee voting options. Today is also the last day to apply for an absentee ballot. Mail-in ballots must be postmarked Sat. Feb. 19 or earlier.
You can also vote absentee in person between Friday, Feb. 18 and Monday, Feb. 21. Click here for an application for an absentee ballot.