Beat The Crowds: Vote Early

By Mike Fourcher | Monday, February 27, 2012

Say because it’s fun: “There’s an election coming up?”

There is! There is! And just because there’s no real competitive neighborhood elections, all of our local Committeeman, state legislators and Congressmen seem to have avoided opponents this year, it doesn’t mean there aren’t other contests where you can exercise your civic duty.

There’s a rollicking race for Cook County Clerk of the Courts, as well as the always rough jostle for attention among Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner candidates. And then there are people running for judge!

Yes, it’s snoozalicious. Not much red meat to bite into, but still worth voting for since, there are still plenty of places without free or fair elections.

If you haven’t tried it, early voting is pretty great. No lines and you can vote Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. p.m., and in Welles Park you can vote on Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Early voting runs through Thursday, March 15. There are locations in every ward and in the Loop. Check here for a list.

For those who don’t want to go somewhere to vote, so long as you get your ballot in by March 15, you can vote by mail too. Get an application here.

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