Reminders and Grace Period Voter Registration for March 18th Primary

In a Primary Election, citizens vote to determine which candidate will represent their political party in the General Election.

Grace Period Voter Registration

Grace Period Voter Registration is the safety-net program for those who missed the standard deadline to register – Tuesday, February 18, 2014.

Grace Period Voter Registration is offered through March 15, 2014 and requires the voter to register or update their records in-person at the Election Board Offices, located at 69 W. Washington Street, 6th Floor. They are open from 9:00am – 5:00pm Mondays through Saturdays, and 9:00am – 3:00pm on Sunday.

Voters need to bring at least two forms of identification,  and at least one ID must the address of their new/updated registration. After registering, “grace period” participants vote during the same visit. Those who use Grace Period registration/voting cannot use Early Voting, Absentee Voting or Voting in the Polling Place on Election Day and must vote during the same visit when they register.

Early Voting

Early Voting for the 2014 Primary Election will be offered from Monday, March 3 through Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the following locations near the 42nd Ward:

Access Living
115 W. Chicago Avenue
9:00am – 5:00pm
Open Mondays through Saturdays

Museum of Broadcast Communications

360 N. State Street

9:00am – 5:00pm Open Mondays through Saturdays

Board of Elections

69 W. Washington Street Lower Level Conference Room Open 9:00am – 5:00pm Mondays through Saturdays,

9:00am – 3:00pm Sundays

A list with all of the locations where early voting is available is viewable here .

During Early Voting:

  • Voters registered in the      City of Chicago may use any Early Voting site in the city, regardless      of where the voters live.
  • Voters don’t need a reason      or excuse to use Early Voting — but voters do need to present      government-issued photo identification.
  • Ballots cast in Early      Voting are final. After casting ballots in Early Voting, voters may not      return to amend, change or undo a ballot for any reason. It is a felony to      vote more than once — or to attempt to vote more than once — in the same      election.

Absentee Voting Any registered voter in Illinois may cast an absentee ballot by mail.  Voters do not need a reason or excuse to vote absentee by mail.

February 6, 2014 is the first day that civilian voters in the United States may apply to cast an absentee ballot in March 18, 2014 Primary Election.

Qualifications for Absentee Voting:

  • Anyone registered to vote in Chicago are eligible to      cast absentee ballots.  However, the voter must file a completed and      signed request for absentee ballot by the legal deadline.
  • Applications for military and civilians overseas must      be received at the Election Board by close of business on Monday, March      10, 2014.
  • Applications from voters in the United States must be      received at the Election Board by close of business on Thursday, March 13,      2014.

Please click here for detailed information about Absentee Voting.
Key Dates to Remember

  • February 19 through March 15,      2014: In-person Grace Period Voter      Registration offered at Election Board, 69 W. Washington St., 6th Floor.
  • March 3 through March 15, 2014: Early Voting offered at 51 sites throughout the city
  • March 10, 2014: Military/Civilian Overseas voter applications must be received by Election      Board. Fax and email applications accepted.
  • March 13, 2014: All      other absentee applications must be received by Election Board.
  • March 16 to 17, 2014: In-person absentee voting offered at the Election Board, 69 W. Washington      St., 6th Floor.
  • March 17, 2014: Last      day absentee ballots may be postmarked and certified by the voter or      delivered in person to Election Board.
  • March 18, 2014: If      a voter failed to submit an absentee ballot with a postmark before      Election Day (March 17 or earlier), the voter may submit the unused      absentee ballot to the judges at the polling place designated for that      voter’s precinct and cast a ballot in person.
  • April 1, 2014: Last day that a mailed      absentee ballot (postmarked or certified March 17 or earlier) may arrive      at the Election Board to be included in the count.

More information is available at the Chicago Board of Elections website.