chicago municipal elections

April 2, 2019

There is a runoff election for mayor of Chicago, treasurer of Chicago, and alderman in a few wards.

We recommend voting for Toni Preckwinkle over Lori Lightfoot based on their records in criminal justice and education. Maira wrote an op-ed for the South Side Weekly about Lightfoot’s policing proposals.

February 26, 2019

early voting begins downtown on January 29, 2019 at the Loop Super Site at 175 W. Washington St. (9am-5pm Mon-Sat; 10am-4pm Sunday) and in 50 more locations starting February 11th. see hours and locations here.

you can register the same day that you vote. bring two forms of ID, and make sure one of them shows your current address.

acceptable forms of ID include:

- Passport or Military ID
  - Driver's License or State ID card
  - College/University/School/Work ID
  - Vehicle registration card
  - Lease, mortgage or deed to home
  - Credit or debit card
  - Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid card
  - Insurance card
  - Civic, union or professional membership card
  - LINK/Public Aid/Department of Human Services card
  - Illinois FOID card
- Bill, Transcript or Report Card from School
  - Bank Statement, Pay Stub or Pension Statement
  - Utility, Medical or Insurance Bill
  - Official mail from any government agency

CHI.VOTE gives you direct & clear answers to questions about how to vote, who you can vote for, and what each candidate believes.

search for your ward & alderman. your alderman affects your daily life because they control how your roads get fixed, how businesses open, where permit parking is, etc. Chicagoist made a video explaining how our aldermanic system works.

South Side Weekly Elections Issue breaks down every South Side ward’s aldermanic race. They also map out the connections each mayoral candidate has to the old Democratic machine, explain what the proposed “public bank” idea is about, and interview many candidates. we trust this team of journalists as an essential source for learning about Chicago politics.

Chicago Reader’s Maya Dukmasova and Ben Joravsky have a podcast about Chicago politics, and they write articles about the races in every ward.

WBEZ “Chicago's Mayoral Candidates Answer 20 Yes Or No Questions

To help you decide how to vote, WBEZ reporters and editors sent the candidates 20 specific yes-or-no questions about critical issues Chicago faces.

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text us at (708) 581-8643 if you 1) need a ride to the polls or 2) have a car and want to help giving rides to the polls.

you can get in line to register & vote in chicago until 7pm on tuesday, february 26th.

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healthcare enrollment

Deadline for 2019 coverage: December 15, 2018

healthcare.gov

Cook County, IL: call 877-912-8880 to enroll in County Care (Medicaid)

midterm elections

a list of good news from the 2018 midterm election results!
crowdsourced on google sheets. thank you for voting.

contact us at tmnottrademark@gmail.com if you need help voting.
you can get in line to register & vote in illinois until 7pm on tuesday, november 6th.

Vote.org

Find out if you’re registered to vote, register to vote, find your polling place, and get your absentee ballot

BallotReady.org

Explore your ballot based on your address, compare candidates, and print out your ballot so you can have important information when you go vote!

*if you’re in Chicago, Maira is happy to forward you her BallotReady ballot selections. contact us at tmnottrademark@gmail.com if you want it.

Girl, I Guess: Progressive Voter Guide

“For anyone who is eligible to vote but is on the fence about participating, I see you and your disaffection is so valid, especially when our options in this election are all pretty bad. So here's my pitch: We really can make a progressive impact at the local level in this election by voting *against* bad judges, voting *for* an AG candidate who will combat Trump's bigoted policies, and voting *for* more independent candidates on the MWRD. AND it is not too late to register. You can register when you show up to the polls on election day! Please share this guide far and wide, with anyone that will find it useful. Love and solidarity.” - Ellen Mayer, author.

Chicago Board of Elections - Election Dates & Locations

Injustice Watch - 2018 Cook County Judicial Voting Guide

CHICAGO VOTES: Voter Guide & Judicial Voter Guide

Your Voting Rights

You have the right to…

1. CAST YOUR BALLOT IN A NON-DISRUPTIVE ATMOSPHERE FREE OF INTERFERENCE.

2. VOTE IF YOU ARE IN LINE BY 7:00 P.M.

3. VOTE BY PROVISIONAL BALLOT IF YOUR REGISTRATION IS CHALLENGED, OR THERE IS NO RECORD OF YOUR REGISTRATION.

4. VOTE AT YOUR OLD POLLING PLACE IF YOU HAVE MOVED WITHIN 30 DAYS OF THE ELECTION.

5. REQUEST ASSISTANCE IN VOTING, IF NEEDED.

6. BRING NEWSPAPER ENDORSEMENTS OR SAMPLE BALLOTS INTO THE VOTING BOOTH.

7. PROTECT THE SECRECY OF YOUR BALLOT.

8. REVIEW YOUR BALLOT TO ENSURE IT IS COMPLETE AND ACCURATE, AND CORRECT YOUR VOTE IF THERE IS A MISTAKE OR YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND.

9. HAVE YOUR BALLOT COUNTED FAIRLY AND IMPARTIALLY.

10. BRING YOUR CHILD IN TO THE VOTING BOOTH WITH YOU.

11. REGISTER AND VOTE IN THE SAME DAY DURING GRACE AND EARLY VOTING.

12. REGISTER TO VOTE ONLINE.

13. VOTE BY MAIL; INCLUDING IF YOU ARE IN THE MILITARY OVERSEAS

IF ANY OF YOUR ABOVE RIGHTS ARE VIOLATED, CALL ELECTION PROTECTION AT 

1-866-OUR-VOTE


policing

CPDP.CO  

A website where you can filter through complaint history and use of force data for police officers from 1988 - Present. Records are searchable going back to 1967. Lawyers, organizers, journalists, and community members use it to look at the disciplinary history of police officers in their community.  

chicagocopa.org

File a complaint, compliment an officer, look up data dashboards, and see important use of force videos and documentation.

peopleslawoffice.com

Have Chicago police officers violated your civil rights? Call The People's Law Office to discuss your options with our experienced attorneys before you file an official complaint 773-235-0070

WestsideJustice.org

The Westside Justice Center is a nonprofit legal services and legal education organization. The WJC focuses on providing holistic legal services. In the last year the WJC has done more than 500 pro bono legal intakes covering all aspects of legal and quasi legal issues.

Alternatives to Calling the Police

Workshops and guides on how to de-escalate mental health crises, and assess a situation before calling 911.