Chicago’s last Republican Mayor, William Hale Thompson served from 1915 to 1923, and again from 1927 to 1931 thanks to support from Al Capone and may very well have been the originator of “vote early, vote often”. This infamous dig at Chicago’s political franchise suggested the right to vote once was arbitrary, and whether Al Capone was first to capitalize on the effectiveness of voting often to get “Big Bill” elected in 1927 is probably not as much myth as fact.
But the real fact is that in the US, voting is not a privilege, it is a right protected by the constitution… a right that was exercised by fewer than 50% of registered voters in the last 28 out of 41 elections (Presidential and U.S. Representatives) from 1930 to 2008.
Read more: National Voter Turnout in Federal Elections: 1960-2008: http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0781453.html#ixzz12ZC4x2qQ
But voting is the single greatest vocal accord or discord available to Americans when it comes to political discourse. It is the level playing field we all whine about not having access to. It is the single moment in time when Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, Sara Palin, Fox News, Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, MSNBC News have no greater pulpit to voice their opinions or espouse their “perceptions of reality”.
Voting is the Equality that we all aspire to… one man/one woman, one vote!
Don’t make the mistake of silencing your own voice out of a sense of outrage, apathy, frustration or ambivalence. It is your opportunity to be heard, to be out-spoken, to be powerful, to be fully engaged, to make the difference you want to make.
Vote… vote once… vote early… vote by mail… vote on November 2nd… but VOTE!
By early October, voters in ten states will have started casting ballots… 36 states and the District of Columbia have adopted some form of Vote Early programs.
Check your registration and polling place at: http://www.chicagoelections.com/voterinfo.php
Grace Period Registration & Voting
If you missed the standard Oct. 5 voter-registration deadline, there’s a safety net. Through Tues., Oct. 26, you may register to vote, update your address or file your name change during the “Grace Period.”
Note: During the “Grace Period,” you must register in person — and then immediately vote during that same visit. Please bring two forms of identification.
Read more about registration at: http://www.chicagoelections.com/page.php?id=14
Through Thursday, Oct. 28, Chicago voters may use any of the 54 Early Voting sites in the City, regardless of where they live.
Voters don’t need a reason or excuse to use Early Voting — but voters do need to present government-issued photo identification.
After casting ballots in Early Voting, voters may not return to amend, change or undo a ballot for any reason. Ballots cast in Early Voting are final. It is a felony to vote more than once — or to attempt to vote more than once — in the same election.
Read more about early voting: http://www.chicagoelections.com/page.php?id=9
Absentee Ballot Application for the Nov. 2, 2010 General Election
By law, the first day that voters may apply to cast an absentee ballot is Sept. 23, 2010. By law, voters cannot submit applications by fax or email unless the voter is in the military or living overseas.
Absentee Voting in Person
Any qualified voter may cast an absentee ballot in person in the offices of the Board of Election Commissioners the weekend before the election and the day before the election.
In-Person Absentee Voting will be offered at 69 W. Washington St., during these hours:
– Fri., Oct. 29: 9 am – 5 pm
– Sat., Oct. 30: 9 am – noon
– Sun., Oct. 31: 9 am – noon
– Mon., Nov. 1: 9 am – 5 pm
NOTE: Chicago voters should submit their applications for absentee ballots and return their voted absentee ballots directly to the Chicago Election Board, 69 W. Washington St., Ste. 600, Chicago IL 60602 — and not to any other address.
Military/Civilian Overseas Voters
Click here for more information on voting for members of the armed services and civilians living overseas: http://www.chicagoelections.com/page.php?id=57
Read more about absentee voting: http://www.chicagoelections.com/dm/general/document_399.pdf