You Can’t Vote Early and Often If You Don’t Register by February 21

By Patty Wetli | Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Deadline to register to vote in March 20 primary is February 21. Credit: Flickr/Vox efx

Granted, aside from the recent onslaught of Biggert and Dold ads, it hasn’t been a particularly exciting primary season in this neck of the woods. Which might explain why voter registration is at its lowest since the Board of Elections started keeping track back in 1942; more than 400,000 eligible Chicagoans are sitting on the sidelines.

If the sight of Syrians putting their lives on the line for democracy isn’t enough to get you to the polls on March 20, the race for water reclamation commissioner isn’t likely to float your boat either. But there are a number of legislative contests to be decided, to say nothing of the seat up for grabs on the Illinois Supreme Court. That’s right, justices, who will be ruling on things like Cook County’s assault weapons ban, are elected, not appointed.

You have until February 21 to register to vote: in person at the Board of Elections, 69 W. Washington St., 6th floor; at any Secretary of State office; or by mail with a form that can be downloaded at the board’s website.

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