Alright Chicagonistas, it’s time to get ready for election day! Here is a list of things you must know:
- Election Day is February 22, 2011.
- Need to know where to vote? It’s the same site as the voter status and it will also give you a list of your public officials. Democracy online FTW!
- You can vote early until February 17, 2011
- Who is running? The full list is on the Chicago Board of Elections site [PDF warning].
Need to know more about the candidates?
- Chicago Tribune Election Center
- Chicago Sun-Times Politics
- WBEZ Election 2011
- Progress Illinois – Mayoral Money Tracker
- Early and Often (requires a $45 monthly subscription)
- City Hall smackdown (Red Eye)
- Chicago Reader Politics
- Gazette Chicago endorsements
- Huffington Post Chicago has some great articles, although not a specific mayoral race section
And those are on the basics. But what issues are important to you? Will pull you towards a candidate? Here are a few issue organizations that I use to help me decide. And yes, please, please add your favorites in the comments.
- Catalyst Chicago: Mayor 2011 Special Report (Public Education)
- Independent Voters of IL/Independent Precinct Organization (progressive issues)
- Chicago Fraternal Order of Police
- Chicago Firefighters Union
- Chicago’s Green Community Platform
- Planned Parenthood
- Personal PAC (reproductive rights)
- Equality Illinois (LGBT rights)
- LGBT Mayoral Forum (Windy City Times)
It’s been 22 years since Chicago has had a competitive election for mayor. February 22nd is not a primary, it is the election. Although if no candidate wins 50% + 1 of all the votes cast, there will be a run-off election April 5th. This is why your vote is doubly important. If you want to vote for someone who isn’t the front runner, don’t worry, your vote isn’t “wasted.” But you may need to select a new candidate for April, so be informed of all the candidates.
Bottom line — VOTE.