Details and Procedures: Early Voting Begins in Chicago on Oct. 22

Click here for Election Day Voting Rules in Chicago!

And here for more info on your voting rights!

This election season isn't your grandparents election season, and not just because the presidential candidates are 1. African-American or 2. Mormon, but also because we are lucky to live in an era and city where we don't have just one day to find time to vote. The City of Chicago, along with many other cities across the United States, has the option to vote early. In fact, one-third of votes cast in this election are expected to be cast before Election Day Nov. 6, and some were even cast before the first presidential debate. That's enough facts about early voting. Let's get down to brass text and see how early voting works in Chicago.

Firstly, it runs from Mon., Oct. 22 through Sat., Nov. 3. You can check if you are registered to vote here. You had to be registered by Oct. 9 in order to be able to participate in early voting.

Secondly, there are 51 locations across the city open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. where people can vote early. There are also three locations that are open seven days a week and they are the Board of Elections Office at 69 W. Washington, Welles Park at 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave. and Mount Greenwood Park at 3721 W. 111th St. These three locations follow the Monday-Saturday schedule of 9 a.m.-5 p.m. but will also be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.

Thirdly, you are not restricted to any particular polling place based on your place of residence. If you live in Edgewater but are running errands in Lincoln Park, you can go ahead and vote early at the Lincoln Park location.

However, please remember to bring your government-issued photo identification with you if you plan on voting early.  (I'll take issue with this rule in a post later this week.)

Finally, remember that ballots cast during the Early Voting period are FINAL. You cannot change your vote or vote again as it is a felony. So choose wisely!

Make sure to watch out for my next posts on Election Day Voting. Also, here are my positions on two issues on the ballot: 1) pension reform, 2) the elected school board and 3) electricity aggregation.

Here is the list of all the 51 Early Voting polling places for your convenience:

1st Ward - Goldblatts Building 1615 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60622 : Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

2nd Ward - Access Living 115 W. Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60610: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

3rd Ward - Chicago Bee Library 3647 S. State St. Chicago, IL 60609: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

4th Ward - M L King Community Ctr 4314 S. Cottage Grove Chicago, IL 60653: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

5th Ward - Jackson Park 6401 S. Stony Island Ave. Chicago, IL 60637: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

6th Ward - Whitney Young Library 7901 S. M. L. King Jr. Dr. Chicago, IL 60619: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

7th Ward - Jeffery Manor Library 2401 E. 100th St. Chicago, IL 60617: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

8th Ward - Olive Harvey College 10001 S. Woodlawn Ave. Chicago, IL 60628: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

9th Ward - Palmer Park 201 E. 111th St. Chicago, IL 60628: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

10th Ward - Vodak/East Side Library 3710 E. 106th St. Chicago, IL 60617: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

11th Ward - District 9 Police 3120 S. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60608: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

12th Ward - McKinley Park 2210 W. Pershing Rd. Chicago, IL 60609: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

13th Ward - West Lawn Park 4233 W. 65th St. Chicago, IL 60629: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

14th Ward - Archer Heights Library 5055 S. Archer Ave. Chicago, IL 60632: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

15th Ward - Davis Square Park 4430 S. Marshfield Ave. Chicago, IL 60609: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

16th Ward - Lindblom Park 6054 S. Damen Ave. Chicago, IL 60636: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

17th Ward - Thurgood Marshall Library 7506 S. Racine Ave. Chicago, IL 60636: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

18th Ward - Wrightwood-Ashburn Library 8530 S. Kedzie Ave. Chicago, IL 60652: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

19th Ward - Mount Greenwood Park, 3721 W. 111th St. Chicago, IL 60655: 9 am-5 pm Monday through Saturday, and on Sundays from 9 am-3 pm

20th Ward - Coleman Library 731 E. 63rd St. Chicago, IL 60637: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

21st Ward - Woodson Regional Library 9525 S. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60628: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

22nd Ward - Piotrowski Park 4247 W. 31st St. Chicago, IL 60623: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

23rd Ward - Clearing Library 6423 W. 63rd Pl. Chicago, IL 60638: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

24th Ward - Douglass Library 3353 W. 13th St. Chicago, IL 60623: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

25th Ward - Chinatown Library 2353 S. Wentworth Ave. Chicago, IL 60616: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

26th Ward - Humboldt Park Boathouse, 1359 N. Sacramento Chicago, IL 60622: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

27th Ward - Eckhart Park 1330 W. Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60642: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

28th Ward - West Side Learning Ctr 4624 W. Madison St. Chicago, IL 60624: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

29th Ward - Amundsen Park 6200 W. Bloomingdale Ave. Chicago, IL 60639: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

30th Ward - Kilbourn Park 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave. Chicago, IL 60641: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

31st Ward - Portage Cragin Library 5108 W. Belmont Ave. Chicago, IL 60641: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

32nd Ward - Bucktown-Wicker Park Library 1701 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60647: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

33rd Ward - Horner Park 2741 W. Montrose Ave. Chicago, IL 60618: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

34th Ward - West Pullman Library 830 W. 119th St. Chicago, IL 60643: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

35th Ward - Independence Library 3548 W. Irving Park Rd. Chicago, IL 60618: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

36th Ward - West Belmont Library 3104 N. Narragansett Ave. Chicago, IL 60634: Mon. thru. Sat., 9 am-5 pm

37th Ward - West Chicago Library 4856 W. Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60651: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

38th Ward - Hiawatha Park 8029 W. Forest Preserve Rd. Chicago, IL 60634: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

39th Ward - N. Park Village Admn Bldg 5801 N. Pulaski Rd. Chicago, IL 60646: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

40th Ward - Budlong Woods Library 5630 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60658: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

41st Ward - Roden Library 6083 N. Northwest Hwy. Chicago, IL: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

42nd Ward - Museum of Broadcast Communications 360 N. State St. Chicago, IL 60601: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

43rd Ward - Lincoln Park Library 1150 W. Fullerton Ave. Chicago, IL 60614: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

44th Ward - Merlo Library 644 W. Belmont Ave. Chicago, IL 60657: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

45th Ward - District 16 Police 5151 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60630: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

46th Ward - Truman College 1145 W. Wilson Ave. Chicago, IL 60640: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

47th Ward - Welles Park, 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave. Chicago, IL 60625: 9 am-5 pm Monday through Saturday, and on Sundays from 9 am-3 pm

48th Ward - Broadway Armory Park 5917 N. Broadway Chicago, IL 60660: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

49th Ward - Pottawattomie Park 7340 N. Rogers Ave. Chicago, IL 60626: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

50th Ward - Warren Park 6601 N. Western Ave. Chicago, IL 60645: Mon. thru Sat., 9 am-5 pm

Board of Elections - 69 W. Washington St., Lower Level Conference Room, Chicago, IL 60602: 9 am-5 pm Monday through Saturday, and on Sundays from 9 am-3 pm

Happy Voting!!

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