The Illinois Primary Election will take place on Tuesday, March 20th, with the polls open from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM. As a state with an open primary, voters do not have to declare a party affiliation in advance of the Primary Election, but instead are given the opportunity to select a party ballot at the polling station. You can enter your address at Vote Illinois to generate your personalized sample ballot!.
Evanston residents can find all voting-related details, including early voting and grace period registration (which allows you to register and vote on the same day beginning on Thursday, February 22nd and running through 7:00 PM on the Primary Election Day, Tuesday, March 20th) information on the City of Evanston website. If you live outside of Evanston, please visit the State Board of Elections for all voting-related information.
We encourage you to visit candidates’ websites, and track publications posted by our partners, like the Illinois Justice Project, in understanding candidates’ positions on criminal and youth justice issues. And, when it comes to learning about other “hot button” issues in this election, we recommend checking out the Chicago Sun Times’ Primary Voting Guide.
“Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they turn their backs to the fire and get scorched in the rear, they’ll find they have to sit on the blister.” President Abraham Lincoln.
Don’t get scorched! Read up, get fired up, and vote!
In case you missed yesterday’s blog post:
Moran Center Justice In Action At The Polls Part 1