October 14, 2020
Alderman Reilly Reports
Alderman Reilly Encourages Residents to Vote Early Ahead of the November Election 
Starting today, Chicago voters may use any Early Voting location in the city to cast their ballot for the November 3 General Election. 

New this year, there will be secured Drop Boxes at every Early Voting site for any Chicago Vote By Mail voter to submit the signed and sealed Ballot Return Envelope. Ballots can be dropped off at any of the locations listed below and there will be a 24 hour drop box located at 69 W. Washington St. The 24 hour location will remain open through Election Day at 7:00pm.   

Voters still have the option of using standard US Mail to return the Ballot Return Envelope. However, Alderman Reilly strongly encourages voters to use the Drop Boxes to ensure their ballot is received before Election Day.   

Every voter is encouraged to wear a face mask that covers the mouth and nose, whether visiting for in-person Early Voting or to use a Secured Drop Box. Voters in line must practice social distancing with 6 feet (2 meters) of space between persons in line.  

To be eligible to vote in the General Election individuals must be:  

  • A U.S. citizen and, 
  • born on or before Nov. 3, 2002, and 
  • living in their precinct at least 30 days before the election, and 
  • not claiming the right to vote elsewhere; and 
  • not in prison/jail and currently serving time for a conviction.  
  • NOTE: Ex-convicts who have completed their sentences and who meet all other requirements listed above are eligible to register and vote in Illinois. This includes ex-convicts who are no longer incarcerated and who have been released on parole or probation. Additionally, eligible voters who are in jail on criminal charges and who are awaiting trial (pre-trial detainees) have the right to vote. 

Furthermore, individuals do not need to declare a political party in order to vote. A standard ballot will be issued to each voter based on the voter's address and the federal, state and local voting districts where the voter lives. 

Any ballots that voters 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.  

You do not need ID if you are already registered to vote AND your signature matches the one on file AND there are no questions about your registration. However, there are times when a government-issued photo ID is helpful, such as registering to vote or updating the name or address on your registration in person when you go to vote. 

Registration services are available at every Early Voting site. Two forms of ID, one of which shows the voter's current address, are needed to register for the first time or to file a name change or an address update.  

Below is a list of the hours and locations of early voting sites in or near the 42nd Ward. For the full list of locations around the City, please click here.   

October 14 - November 3 NOW OPEN  

Loop Super Site (191 N. Clark St.)  

  • Monday-Friday - 8:30 am-7 pm  
  • Saturday-Sunday - 9 am-5 pm  
  • Nov. 3, Election Day - 6 am-7 pm   

Maggie Daley Park (337 E. Randolph St.)  

  • Monday-Friday - 8:30 am-7 pm  
  • Saturday-Sunday - 9 am-5 pm  
  • Election Day, Nov. 3 - 6 am-7 pm  

Ogden Elementary School (24 W. Walton St.)  

  • Monday-Friday - 8:30 am-7 pm  
  • Saturday-Sunday - 9 am-5 pm  
  • Election Day, Nov. 3 - 6 am-7 pm  

For answers to Frequently Asked Questions, please click here. For more information about voting this November, please visit the Chicago Board of Elections website
2020 Census Ends This Week 
Self-response and field data collection operations for the 2020 Census will conclude on October 15, 2020. 

  • Internet: self-response will be available across the nation through October 15, 2020 through 11:59 pm Hawaii Standard Time (HST), (through 5:59 am Eastern Daylight Time on October 16, 2020). Visit 2020Census.gov to respond today. 
  • Phone: response will be available for its regularly scheduled time on October 15, 2020. Click here for the schedule and a list of numbers. 
  • Paper: responses must be postmarked by October 15, 2020. 
  • Nonresponse: Follow up census takers will continue resolving nonresponding addresses through the end of the day on October 15, 2020. 

Participation in the Census is the responsibility of every Chicago resident. We are striving for a complete count in Chicago and hope all residents take time to be counted.