Last Day to Register for Next Month’s Elections

March 08, 2011

Today is the last day to register to vote in Chicago and throughout Illinois for the April 5 elections.

Remember that in the February 22 elections, candidates had to secure 50 percent of the vote plus one for a victory.

While that was no issue for the Chicago mayoral election, the aldermanic races were a much different story.

Of the 50 Chicago City Council seats on the ballot, 14 failed to secure more than 50 percent of the votes.

Now Chicago residents will go back to the polls for a run-off election on April 5.

Voters in the suburbs and downstate will go to the polls to cast ballots for village, park district, school, library and fire protection board seats.

Many suburbs also have individual referendum on their ballots.

“We urge all voters in Chicago to take a few moments to make sure their registrations are at their current addresses,” said Chicago Election Board Chairman Langdon D. Neal.

“Voters may check their status by entering their last name and address at or by calling (312) 269-7900. If you have moved or changed your name since you last registered, you must act now to update your records.”

If you miss today’s deadline to register, there is still a Grace Period registration.

From March 9 through March 29, a Chicago resident can register at the Chicago Election Board Office, 69 W. Washington St., sixth floor, Chicago. Just know that when you register during the Grace Period, you have to submit an absentee ballot right then and there.

Wonder if more voters will turn out for the April 5 run-off elections. Only 41 percent of the 1.4 million registered Chicago voters cast a ballot in the February 22 elections.

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