Welcome to election day in Chicago! Can you feel the energy?
It’s a pretty momentous election, considering Chicago’s reigning mayor is not on the ballot for the first time in more than 60 years.
Polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. today so Chicago residents can elect a new city clerk, fill all 50 City Council seats and vote for Chicago’s next mayor.
The day might not produce a new mayor, however. If none of the six mayoral candidates win 50 percent of the vote plus one, it will force a runoff election between the two top finishers on April 5.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced that 150 teams of Assistant Attorneys General and investigators will be monitoring today’s elections to ensure that voters rights are protected.
Voters have the right:
*To get help: Residents can ask for assistance while voting if they need help reading, understanding English or if they are disabled.
*To miss work: You can take up to two hours of unpaid time off work to vote as long as you applied with your employer before today.
*For a do-over: If you make a mistake, you can have a replacement ballot.
*To vote after 7 p.m.: As long as you are in line when the polls close at 7 p.m.
*To act alone: No one can is allowed to try and influence a voter within 100 feet of the polling place.
Federal agents will also be watching over the Chicago elections. If you see any funny business going on during election day in Chicago, be sure to report it. Federal agents are ready to take your call at (312) 469-6157.
Madigan’s Election Day hotline numbers:
*Chicago and Northern Illinois: (866) 536-3496
*Downstate: (866) 559-6812
The City received more than 73,000 early votes and about 18,000 absentee ballots for this election. Now it’s your time to be heard. Get out and vote.
For more information about the Chicago election and where to vote, visit chicagoelections.com.
Then stay tuned to Chicagoland Real Estate Forum for the results.