Apr 4, 2023 - Politics

Your guide to voting in Chicago's runoff elections

Illustration of a check mark being drawn in front of the Chicago City Hall facade in the colors of the city flag

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

It's Election Day in Chicago, when millions of voters across Chicago and its suburbs will choose new mayors, school boards, library boards and city council members.

Why it matters: After a long, sometimes contentious season, we're finally about to determine who will assume important posts in Chicago and beyond for the next few years.

Zoom in: In Chicago, polls suggest we're in for a super-tight mayoral race, meaning turnout today could play a huge role and every vote will count.

What they're saying: "If it's a close mayoral race on election night, it may take one to two weeks to see how the majority of the outstanding vote-by-mail ballots shake out," Chicago Board of Elections spokesperson Max Bever tells Axios, noting they have until April 18 to issue an official determination.

Be smart: If you still haven't made up your mind, or even glanced at who's running, we've got you covered with guides to:

Where: Look up your Chicago and other Illinois poll locations here.

When: Polls open at 6am and close at 7pm.

Who: All Chicago residents 18 and older can vote, and same-day provisional registration and voting are allowed with proper ID.

🔮 Our prediction: The winner of Chicago's mayoral race will be a guy … with glasses … and a goatee.

  • That's just a strong hunch.

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