Chicago Mayoral Race 2011: Election Day Information


Chicago, Tuesday, February 22, 2011.  Today is election day in the City of Chicago. Please make an effort to participate in today's Municipal General Election.

A large turnout is expected as this is the first time in 64 years that there has not been an incumbent for mayor on the ballot. In addition to the mayoral race, registered voters will cast their ballot to elect the following municipal offices:
    •    City Clerk
    •    City Treasurer
    •    Alderman



All polling locations will be open between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Please note that polling stations will promptly close at 7:00 pm; however, voters still in line to cast their ballots will be allowed to vote.

Frequently Asked Questions:

The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners has an excellent website where voters can  obtain answers to frequently asked questions. Voters can also check their voter registration status, find your polling place and view a sample ballot for the upcoming General Election.

Sample Ballot:

In order to view the sample ballot for your ward go to the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners website and enter your address and last name.

How to Cast Your Ballot:

Voters will have two ways to cast a ballot at each polling location. The "optical scan" system uses a paper ballot. The "touch screen" allows voters to cast their ballot electronically and creates a paper record of each ballot that will stay secured in the printer of the voting machine.

Identification Required:

There are several situations that may require voters to show proper identification before casting their ballot. Usually, a government issued ID is required to prove the identity and proof of residency at the address of the polling station.
See slide show below for the four leading mayoral candidates pictured in alphabetical order.


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  • For anyone who wants comprehensive nonpartisan info on the election, the South Asian Progressive Action Collective posted a great 3-part guide on its blog:

    Part 1: The Basics (find your polling place, check your voter registration status, etc.)

    Part 2: The Candidates (who's on your ballot)

    Part 3: Scorecards and Questionnaires (how the candidates measure up in community questionnaires)

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