Vote Tomorrow!

By Mike Fourcher | Monday, February 21, 2011

In case you haven’t heard, tomorrow is Election Day in Chicago. Center Square Journal readers will have a chance to choose a new Mayor and City Clerk and to reelect our City Treasurer, Stephanie Neely, who is running unopposed.

If you live in the 47th Ward, you’ll have your first chance in 36 years to vote in an alderman not named Eugene Schulter, while aldermen in the 40th and 33rd Wards will run unopposed.

Turnout is expected to be high, since early voting in many wards has already surpassed that of the 2008 primary election, despite a blizzard and cold snap that tamped down early voting enthusiasm for a whole week.

“We were effectively shut down for two and a half days. [Early voting polls] were open until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, but people stopped showing up by 1 p.m.,” says Board of Elections spokesman Jim Allen. “There was also a week-long period when there was extreme cold. So, it wasn’t just the blizzard, it was also the cold.”

Early voting turnout for wards in Center Square were as follows:

  • 33 – 746
  • 40 – 942
  • 47 – 2,186

Polls open tomorrow at 6 a.m. and are open until 7 p.m. You can find your polling location here. And don’t forget to read the CSJ coverage of 47th Ward candidates here.

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  • Anonymous

    Have already heard 2 complains from voters this morning (7 am) about no ballot covers at 2 different precincts in the 47th. This is a very subtle but real form of intimidation directly at the poll. Just a technical glitch? I doubt it.
    There are people/businesses in this ward I know who have O’Donnell signs up but will be voting for Pawar. Tactics like no ballot covers intimidates these voters into voting the right way.

    I have tweeted this, and called David Orr’s office( 312-269-7900 ) and I encourage anyone who sees irregularities to do the same.

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