Early voting began Monday, February 13 for the special election for the 4th Ward alderman’s seat.
Voters have begun choosing among five candidates who are seeking to replace Will Burns, who resigned in 2016 to take a job with the travel accommodations company Airbnb. One of the candidates is Interim 4th Ward Alderman Sophia King, who was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to serve in the position until the election is held. The winner will serve out Burn’s remaining two years in the 4th Ward.
Candidates of the special election must win by a majority or 51 percent of the vote or will face a runoff election on April 4.
The Office of Cook County Clerk David Orr has set up four early voting sites in the 4th Ward for voters who can’t make the special election on February 28. The election is open only to voters in the 4th Ward.
Cook County residents who missed the voter registration deadline for the special election can still register at any of the early voting sites. During this grace period, voters not yet registered must provide two forms of identification – one with a current address – to register, and they must vote in person at the time that they register. A government-issued photo ID is not required to vote early.
Voters can find a list of the early voting locations and hours at cookcountyclerk.com/EarlyVoting.