Chicago Early Voting: Grace Period Registration Ends Today, Early Voting Ends Thursday

10/26/2010 11:31 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The midterm elections are exactly one week away, but today could be your last chance to vote in them.

For residents of Chicago who are not yet registered to vote in Illinois, "grace period" registration and voting ends on October 26th -- today.

Early voting ends on Thursday of this week, for voters already registered in the state.

If you still need to register today, here's what to do:

Get to an elections office. There are four locations in the city that are conducting grace period registration. Find the one closest to you:

Bring two forms of ID. You'll need at least one with a photo, and at least one that shows your current address. Valid forms of ID include a valid and current Illinois driver's license, a utility bill or bank statement, a paycheck with name or address, some other government document, or a college ID card.

Get there by 4:30 p.m. Grace period registration ends today, and the offices will be shutting their doors at 5. There may be lines, so try to get there a little before the end of the day.

Be prepared to vote. When you register during the grace period, you can't vote on November 2. Instead, you have to cast your ballot on the spot. So make sure you know who you're voting for when you head down there.

For more information about early voting, read HuffPost Chicago's full early voting guide, or visit the Chicago Board of Elections website.

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