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Phoenix 101: How To Vote for Chicago Mayor April 2

Photos courtesy of Wikimedia CommonsLori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle will face eachother in an April 2 runoff election to become Chicago’s first African American female mayor. Students can register during the early voting window — which takes place March 18 through April 1.

In February, mayoral hopefuls Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle rose above 12 other candidates on the ballot, capturing 17.5 percent and 16 percent of the vote share respectively, according to the Chicago Board of Elections. After months of campaigning, the candidates will soon face off in a highly anticipated run-off election to determine who’ll become Chicago’s first female African American mayor.

With a runoff election set for April 2, there’s still time for Loyola students, from Illinois and out of state, to cast their ballot for who they think will best lead the city.

I’m not registered to vote. Do I still have time to register?

While the deadline for registering online and by mail has passed, the Chicago Board of Elections offers the opportunity for people to register in person during early voting and at their local precinct, or voting place, on election day.

Where and how do I register?

Students can register during the early voting window — which takes place March 18 through April 1 — at a number of locations throughout the city. Voters can go to the Loop Supersite, which is located at 175 W. Washington St., a short walk from the Lake stop on the CTA Red Line.

There are also early voting locations in each of the city’s 50 wards.

Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus is located in the 48th and 49th Wards. Students can visit the Edgewater Library at 6000 N. Broadway St. in the 48th Ward or the 49th Ward location in Pottawattomie Park at 7340 N. Rogers Ave. For students who don’t live in Edgewater or Rogers Park, the full list of early voting locations can be found online.

In order to register to vote on election day, the first step is to find your appropriate precinct.

During election season, the city is split into sections called “precincts.” While voters can choose any location to vote at during the early voting process, voters must report to the location within their precinct April 2.

The Chicago Board of Elections makes this easy on its website — you simply input the address of your dorm or apartment and you’ll get the location of your voting place. Then, go to the location in your precinct and you’ll be able to register and vote at the same time.

Here’s what you need to bring with you to register:

In order register to vote at early voting or on Election Day, you must bring two valid forms of ID. You can bring your driver’s license, Loyola ID and credit/debit card, among other things. One of these forms of ID must show your address. This can include a bank statement, bill, school transcript or official mail from a government agency.

I live out of state and I’m already registered to vote there. Can I still vote in Chicago?

Yes, just find your precinct and bring two forms of ID — one with your current address — and you’ll be able to change your voting address in-person.

Who are the candidates?

Lori Lightfoot is an attorney and has served as president of the Chicago Police Board. She’s focused on public school quality, gun violence prevention and the city’s affordability over the course of her campaign. More information about Lightfoot can be found on her website.

Toni Preckwinkle is Cook County Board president, alderwoman and educator, The Phoenix previously reported. She’s advocated for improving Chicago’s public school system, public safety and justice within the Chicago Police Department among other issues. More information on Preckwinkle can be found on her website.

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