Grace Period Registration
For citizens who are qualified to vote in the Primary Election but who miss the standard Feb. 21, 2012 voter-registration deadline, there is a safety net.
From February 22 through March 13, you may register to vote, update your address or file your name change during the Grace Period.
Note: During the Grace Period, you must register in person -- and then immediately vote during that same visit. Please bring two forms of identification, at least one of which must show your current address.
Location for Grace Period Registration & Voting
Feb. 22 - March 13, 2012
Chicago Election Board
69 W. Washington St., 6th Floor
Mon-Sat: 9 am - 5 pm
Sundays: 9 am - 3 pm
Early Voting for the March 20, 2012 Primary Election will be offered from February 27 through March 15. The 44th Ward location is:
Merlo Library (644 W. Belmont Ave): Monday thru Saturday, 9 am-5 pm
Voters registered in the City of Chicago may use any Early Voting site in the city, regardless of where the voters live. Voters don't need a reason or excuse to use Early Voting -- but voters do need to present government-issued photo identification.
Ballots cast in Early Voting are final. After casting ballots in Early Voting, voters may not return to amend, change or undo a ballot for any reason. It is a felony to vote more than once -- or to attempt to vote more than once -- in the same election.
Three locations (the Board's offices at 69 W. Washington, Welles Park and Mount Greenwood Park) will be open Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and also will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.
Click here for a list of all early voting locations