Voter Registration Information

Mon. October 4, 2004 12:00 AM

The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners urges all eligible Chicagoans to register and vote.

Voter registration is a simple process that takes only a few minutes of time and is available through a wide range of programs and outreach efforts.

Persons cannot vote unless currently a registered voter at their home address (or through a shelter or mailing address for the homeless).

Voter Qualifications
Voter Registration closes 28 days prior to an election (for the 2004 Presidential Election, the deadline is Midnight, Tuesday, October 5th). Persons who move must also update their voter registration prior to this deadline.

To register, persons must be:

A citizen of the United States.

18 years of age or older on or before the date of the next election.

A resident of the precinct at least 30 days before the election.

Registration Opportunities
Voter Registration is available:

In the Board of Election office at 69 W. Washington Street, Suite 600, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

At all facilities of the Chicago Public Library during normal business hours.

When renewing a driver’s license or visiting any state agency.

Through thousands of volunteer deputy registrars representing civic groups and ward organizations of the major political parties.

By downloading a mail-in voter registration form at or

Through numerous voter outreach programs at major food and drug stores; the Chicago City Colleges neighborhood festivals; and shopping centers.

Identification Requirements
When registering through a deputy registrar or at the Board of Election office, a person will be asked for two (2) pieces of identification, one with a residence address. Registrants also will be asked to include their driver’s license number or the last four digits of their Social Security Number.

Persons who utilize the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) Application must include either their driver’s license number or the last four digits of their social security number.

Also, if this information below is not provided when you go to vote, he or she will need to present identification at their polling place before they can vote.

Board will request copies of one of the following types of ID's, if persons don't provided a Drivers License, or last four digits of Social Security Number:

Current and valid photo identification

Current utility bill

Bank Statement

Government check


Government document with name and home address.