In case you haven’t heard, Chicago’s got a humdinger of an election coming up on February 22, and today is the last day to register to vote – sort of.
Those registered to vote before today will be allowed to cast an early vote—which runs Monday, Jan. 31 to Thursday, Feb. 17—or to vote at their standard polling place on Election Day, Tuesday, Feb. 22.
Official details are here, but essentially any citizen over 18 can register at the Board of Elections office at 69 W. Washington, at an Illinois Secretary of State’s office or with a deputy registrar.
If you don’t manage to register today, then you get another crack at it with “grace period” voter registration, which runs from Monday, Jan. 31 to Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 69 W. Washington. The drawback, besides the one available location, is that as soon as you register, you have to cast your vote.