What’s New for the November Election

What’s New for the November Election


On Tuesday, June 16, Governor JB Pritzker signed legislation that makes sweeping changes to the way voters will cast their ballots in the upcoming General Election. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we urge voters to take advantage of these reforms—vote by mail or vote early!

Voting by Mail

Stay safe—vote without ever leaving your house. Apply online to vote by mail.All registered voters in Chicago are eligible.

Your ballot will be mailed to you after September 24. You must mail in your completed ballot or return it to a secure collection box by November 3. Secure collection boxes will be available at early voting sites.

Early Voting

Early voting days and hours have been expanded. Early voting will begin on October 14. On weekdays, voters may cast ballots from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. On weekends and holidays, early voting hours will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Curbside voting will be available for any reason at Early Voting sites.

Election Day Voting

Election Day, November 3, will be a state holiday, so all state, city, park, library and school sites will be available for polling places. This is intended to reduce reliance on private polling places, whose owners may refuse to let their building be used as a precinct. 

Curbside voting will be available for any reason at polling places.

Voter Registration

In-person voter registration efforts have been hindered by the pandemic. You can help by double-checking that you are registered and by sharing the online application with everyone in your network.

Become an Election Judge

Any U.S. citizen 16 or older may, with training, serve as an election judge. Judges are paid to work on Election Day to manage the precinct polling place, including preparing reports after the polls close. Unemployed individuals who serve as judges will not jeopardize their unemployment benefits. Learn more.

How You Can Help 

LWV Chicago is gearing up for an active voter registration and education season. In June, as soon as the Election Board launches the online application for VBM, the Board will need community groups to share the news with voters that they may apply online now for the November 3 election.

Getting voters to apply in June and early July will be vital to reducing mailings of return forms, related postage, manual form processing and manual data entry. If you are interested in helping the voting process in any way, please league [at] lwvchicago.org" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" data-auth="NotApplicable">get in touch with Helene Gabelnick, Voter Service Chair.

Here’s some of what we do: 

  • Voter Registrations. Before the March 2020 Primary Election, we registered about 2,000 new voters via Mail-In Form 275 and Form 276. (This does not include numbers who registered online.)

  • Voter Registration Drives: In the past year, we've held drives at Arts Book store, Center on Halsted, Chicago Architecture Center, Chicago Housing Authority Warm Coat, churches, City Colleges, community organizations, DuSable Museum, Field Museum, high schools, individual residential locations, and Lollapalooza. We also registered voters at several locations on National Voter Registration Day.

  • Bookmarks: We printed over 6,300 bookmarks with information about the election. The bookmarks were distributed at all voter registration drives and other events. Members also did personal distribution.

  • Candidate Forums: We collaborated with other organizations to hold debates and forums where voters could learn more about candidates for local office.







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