Since voters need postmarks of Sat., Feb. 19 or earlier for returning absentee ballots, Tuesday, February 15 is the effective deadline for an absentee ballot application to be received by the Election Board.  Voters will need to mail their absentee ballots by this Saturday because there will be no mail service on Sunday or next Monday, which is Presidents’ Day. Therefore, if voters haven’t applied for an absentee ballot already, it is important that they understand that Tuesday is the effective deadline to apply.

Voters also have the following options:

  • Early Voting is open at 51 sites through Thursday. Every site is open 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. daily. Chicago voters may use any of the City’s 51 sites, regardless of where they live.
  • In-person absentee voting will be offered at the Election Board at 69 W. Washington St., Lower Level on:
  • Friday, Feb. 18 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 19 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 20 – 9 a.m. to noon
  • Monday, Feb. 21 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Voting on Election Day at the polling place assigned to the voter’s precinct will be offered Tues., Feb. 22 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m

Voters who apply for absentee ballots and who do not receive them in time to get a Saturday postmark can go to their polling place and complete an affidavit or surrender the unused absentee ballot to the election judge.

More information is available at the Board’s web site at or by calling 312-269-7900.