It’s election day in Chicago! After a long and contentious campaign season, it it time once again to select the President of the United States, as well as several other important offices.
To find your Chicago polling place, use this link. (If you live in Cook County but outside the city of Chicago, use this link instead.) To see what your ballot will look like in the voting booth, visit Ballotpedia and enter your address. For help understanding all of the Chicago judicial nominees or to research any nominee or issue on the ballot, visit BallotReady.
Remember that your employer is required by law to allow you time off from work if necessary in order to exercise your right to vote. If you are having trouble getting to your polling place, Uber, Lyft and ZipCar are offering free or discounted rides to the polls, according to LifeHacker. If childcare is a concern, several local Chicago-area YMCAs are offering free childcare to allow parents to go vote (although we also recommend taking your kids to the polls with you — there’s nothing more powerful than teaching kids about democracy in action!). To find out if your local YMCA is participating, visit this link to find the phone number and call them.
Chicago polls are open tonight through 7pm and if you are still in line to vote at that time, they are required to let you vote. If you run into any problems at the polls — including harassment, not being allowed to vote even though you believe you are registered, or other procedural problems — call 866-OUR-VOTE to report the problem to a nonpartisan election watchdog group.
Remember, voting is both a privilege and a right! Take some time today to participate in democracy.
*Photo courtesy of Flickr Leigh Harris.
File: Chicago polling place