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How and where to vote on Election Day near you – NBC Chicago

Election Day for the 2022 Illinois Primary is officially here — and polling stations open at 6 a.m

Though thousands across the state have already cast their ballots through early voting and the mail, thousands more are expected to join the tradition of voting in person on Election Day.

If this is the case for you, make sure you know where your chosen polling station is located, as early voting locations are often not the same locations where voting takes place on election day.

Learn how to find your Chicago area polling location for Election Day, what to bring to vote, and more.

How to find your polling place on election day

The Illinois State Board of Elections operates a “Find Your Polling Place” feature on its website, which you can access here.

You can also find more information on the website of your district office. Many of the official websites provide your nearest polling station after you enter your home address:

Chicago

A suburb of Cook County

DeKalb County

DuPage County

County Grundy

Kane County

Kankakee County

Kendall County

Lake County

LaSalle County

McHenry County

Will County

If you’re a resident of Chicago, a suburb of Cook County, or DuPage County, you have a few more options come Election Day.

In Chicago, all early voting locations will remain open to all voters in the city on Election Day, as will two locations open to residents of the Cook County suburbs: 69 W. Washington St. and the Union Station Founders Room at 225 S .Canal St.

And new this year, DuPage County announced it will be the first county in Illinois to allow voters to cast a vote on Election Day at any of its 263 polling stations.

What if I’m not registered to vote?

In Illinois, you can register and vote up to and including Election Day.

There are three criteria that prospective voters must meet in order to register on Election Day.

  • Voter must be a US citizen
  • The voter must be at least 18 years old on election day
  • The voter must have lived in their constituency for at least 30 days prior to Election Day

Voters have two options if they wish to register on Election Day. The first is to go to their district secretary’s office where they can register and vote.

The other option is for the voter to go to their respective polling station.

What do voters need to bring with them?

When registering to vote, you must bring at least two forms of identification, one of which must contain the voter’s current address.

These ID types include:

  • Illinois driver’s license/ID
  • social security card
  • Valid US passport
  • Employee or student ID card
  • birth certificate
  • welfare card
  • Credit card
  • Electricity bill on behalf of the applicant
  • lease or rental agreement

Finally, voters must cast their ballots after successfully registering at either their polling station or their district secretary’s office.

Here’s how to get live coverage of Tuesday’s Illinois primary

I am already registered to vote. Do I need to bring anything?

Illinois law does not require you to bring a government-issued photo ID, but it may be helpful to bring one in case there are questions about registration, address, or anything else during the voting process.

When do the polling stations open on election day?

Polling stations open at 6 a.m. nationwide and stay open until 7 p.m

But remember – if you’re in LINE when the polls close, you can still vote! So if you’re rushing to your polling station at the last minute, don’t worry if you see a line — and don’t let anyone stop you from casting your vote.

What if I make a mistake on my ballot?

According to the Chicago Attorney General, if a voter makes a mistake or “corrupts” a paper ballot and the voter has not cast the ballot, the voter has the right to receive a replacement ballot.

For everything you need to know about your ballot and more, check out our 2022 Illinois Primary Election Guide.

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