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Counting Down to Election Day

By Samantha Abernethy | Tuesday, February 15, 2011

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. The 32nd Ward polling place is the Bucktown-Wicker Park Library, 1701 N. Milwaukee, and the 44th Ward polling place is Merlo Library, 644 W. Belmont. 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.

In the 32nd Ward, Ald. Scott Waguespack faces three challengers. Learn about the candidates in the 32nd Ward Election Center.

44th Ward Ald. Tom Tunney is 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.

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