Voting 101

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How do I vote if I am registered?

Go to your designated polling place on Nov. 4, between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.

How do I vote if I’m not registered?

Registration for the Nov. 4 elections is closed, but you can register when you go to cast your ballot at a grace period voting station, which allow people to register onsite — just remember to bring two forms of ID such as a driver’s license, passport or bank statement.

The closest station to Lake Shore Campus is Broadway Armory Park (5917 N. Broadway), located off the Thorndale Red Line stop. The station closest to Water Tower Campus is the Museum of Broadcast Communications (360 N. State St.), three blocks south of the Grand Red Line stop. The locations are open for grace period polling through Nov. 1. To vote within Cook County, visit its main office (69 W. Washington St.) two blocks south of the State/Lake Red Line stop on Nov. 3.


I’m not sure if I’m registered.

You can check at

Where do I vote?

If you’re already registered, your assigned polling place is on your voter profile, which can be found at There is a station on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus at the Centennial Forum Student Union, under Mertz Hall. The station closest to Water Tower Campus is Chicago Sinai Congregation (15 W. Delaware Place), two blocks north of campus near State Street and Delaware Place.

I’m from out of town, how do I vote where I’m from?

Different states have different rules, but all offer absentee voting. If you’ve already registered, you can opt to send in your vote by mail. However, for most states, the deadline for absentee voter registration has passed. If you’re registered in Illinois, but not from Cook County, you can apply to vote absentee in person as little as one day before elections and by mail as few as five days before elections.

I’m from out of town, can I vote here?

Yes, as long as you’ve been living in your voting district for 30 days.

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