Municipal election turnout through Monday. [Source: Chicago Board of Election Commissioners]
Go vote, Chicago. The weather is still going to be on the chilly side for April, with a high of 54 degrees and a 20 percent chance of rain, according to the forecast, so grab a jacket and an umbrella as you head out to your polling place. Not sure where to vote, or for whom? Check chi.vote, which has you covered.
- Early vote still trailing — Chicago Board of Election Commissioners Chairwoman Marisel Hernandez said officials are keeping their fingers crossed that the early vote rates meet or exceed February and April 2015 levels, even though they have so far fallen short. Those who plan to vote by mail should ensure their ballots are returned and postmarked by April 2, or turn it into election judges at their polling place, Hernandez said. In the first round of voting, 2,060 ballots were rejected, most often for being postmarked too late. Nearly 60,000 voters applied to vote by mail in 2019, compared to 42,000 voters in 2015, according to election data. Chicago has 1.59 million registered voters, 10.47 percent more than in April 2015 runoff. Although voters age 25 to 34 make up the biggest chunk of voters, they have the second lowest turnout in early voting in the city. Voters age 55 to 74 lead in early voting and voting by mail, officials said. A total of roughly 564,600 Chicagoans would have to vote to exceed February’s turnout, Hernandez said.
- What’s next for Vallas — Former Mayoral candidate and former CPS CEO Paul Vallas has been elected to the board of the Museum of Broadcast Communications, which is rolling out a new program for students on news analysis and literacy in 2020. Board Chairman Larry Wert, Tribune Co.’s president, said Vallas “will lend his expertise and resources to further our goals of reaching students and teaching them the intricacies of the media and news,” according to a statement. “It is a privilege and a pleasure to be joining the board of such a revered enterprise,” Vallas said. “I look forward to helping advance the Museum’s mission and contribute to its growth.”