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Remember to VOTE by 4/4 in the Spring 2023 Evanston Election!

Election Day is April 4 -- the LAST day you can vote! So make your plan to vote early, by mail, or on Tuesday!


Make sure you cast your vote in the Evanston Consolidated General Election by Election Day on Tuesday, April 4, 2023 -- otherwise known as the LAST day you can vote. Your vote is your voice - use it!


Key dates and deadlines are below.


Who's on the ballot? This election is to decide on representatives for City Council in the 2nd and 9th wards, as well as members of our D65 and D202 School Boards.


For more information about all the candidates, please visit their websites, endorsements from groups your trust, as well as watch the various forums, interviews and endorsement videos.


Roundups and Endorsements



Evanston Roundtable Election Coverage and Voting Guide (including candidate questionnaires)




Evanston Live TV: Candidate Forums


Candidate and Endorsements


City Council:

2nd Ward: 1 Seat

Krissie Harris (incumbent/appointed by Mayor Biss)


Endorsements:

Mayor Biss: Harris

City Council Members Burns, Geracaris, Nieuwsma, Reid, Revelle, Wynn: Harris

Former 9th Ward Ald. Fleming: Cannon

See candidate websites for more endorsements/supporters



9th Ward: 1 Seat

Juan Gueracaris (incumbent/appointed by Mayor Biss)



Endorsements:

Mayor Biss: Gueracaris

Former 9th Ward Ald. Cicely Fleming: Hayes

City Clerk Mendoza: Gueracaris

See candidate websites for more endorsements/supporters


School Board


D65/ 3 SEATS


Endorsements:

DPOE Members: Hernandez, Salem & Wilkins

D65 Teachers' Unions: Hernandez, Salem & Wilkins

See candidate websites for more endorsements/supporters


Our Position on the D65 School Board Race

While Indivisible Evanston does not typically endorse local candidates and does not usually take a stand on local races, we believe that there are forces at play in the current D65 School Board race that are very relevant to the critical national issue of right-wing attacks on public education and the dark money fueling these conservative groups.


You can learn more about our leadership team's thoughts on and concerns about the organizations and issues impacting our local school board race on this resource page we prepared: Caution: Extremist Influencers on D65 and Other School Board Races. And read more here about these connections statewide in the IL Families for Public Schools' report on DARK MONEY ORGS ON THE GROUND IN SCHOOL BOARD RACES IN ILLINOIS. Not in Evanston or want more information? Check out the IL FAMILIES FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS VOTING GUIDE AND RESOURCE DOCUMENT.


D202/ETHS: 4 SEATS



Endorsements:

DPOE Members: Parsons, Piekarz, Rolewicz and Scotti

D202 Teachers Council: Parsons and Piekarz

ETOWN Sunrise: Scotti

See candidate websites for more endorsements/supporters


Endorsements and Voter Guides






Outside Evanston





Key Dates: 2023 Consolidated General Election

4/3: Last day of early voting in person at the Civic Center 4/3: Last day of grace period registration and voting early in person 4/3: Last day mail ballots can be postmarked

4/4: Vote in person (and register to vote in person) on Election Day!

Find your polling place HERE and prepare to vote HERE


What do you need to Early Vote or Vote on Election Day?

  • Government-issued photo ID is not required but is helpful if there is a question about the voter's registration, address or signature.

Your Voter Information Tool

  • Check your registration, find your polling place and more HERE

Early Voting: March 20-April 3

Location: Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center 2100 Ridge Ave., Room G300 Evanston, IL 60201

Hours

Weekdays March 27-31, April 2-3: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday April 1, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday April 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Voting By Mail

Voting by mail is a convenient way to cast your ballot. Any registered suburban Cook County voter may apply for a mail ballot. It is no longer necessary to provide a reason. Request your ballot by 3/30/23 and mail it back ASAP and no later than 4/4/23. Note: you can now request to be on a permanent vote-by-mail list and receive ballots for every election!

How to vote by mail

To obtain an application to vote by mail, registered suburban Cook County voters can:

  • Apply online

  • Download and print the mail ballot application (applications are also available in Spanish, Hindi, Chinese, Korean and Tagalog)

  • Call the Cook County Clerk's Office at 312-603-0946

  • Call the Evanston City Clerk's Office at 847-448-8189 for more information

The last day to request a mail ballot is March 30. All ballots must be postmarked or submitted to the Cook County Clerk's Office by April 3. You may also submit your ballot at one of many Suburban Cook County drop boxes, which you can locate HERE. You must use the drop box by 4:00 p.m. on April 3 (no drop box on Election Day 4/4!). Once the Cook County Clerk receives your application and verifies your registration, they will send you a paper ballot at the address you designate on your application. After making your selections and completing the certification form on the back of the envelope and signing it, mail or deliver your ballot back to the Cook County Clerk at a drop box.


Please note: If the certification form (on the back of the return envelope) is not signed, your ballot will not be counted.

Mailed ballots must be postmarked by Election Day 4/4/23. Mailed ballots are processed and counted at the Cook County Clerk's central office.


Ballot not received by Election Day? If you don't receive your ballot by April 4th (the last day your ballot can be postmarked to be counted), you can go vote in person at your polling place. Just tell the judge that you requested but did not get your ballot (if you feel safe going to vote in person). You can cast a provisional ballot, and it will be counted once they verify your mail-in ballot was not used.


You can check your voter information and mail-in ballot status HERE. Also you can call the Cook County Clerk's vote-by-mail line here: 312-603-0946 to see what is going on, and find out what they can do to help you cast your vote!

Drop Boxes

You can take your ballot to a drop box at several locations around Suburban Cook County, including the Evanston Civic Center, Skokie Courthouse and more. You can submit your ballot at a drop box at any location through 4/3/23. No drop boxes on Election Day!

More information about Mail Voting:

  • Eligibility - Learn who is eligible to vote by mail.

  • Deadlines - Important dates to remember.

  • Apply to Vote by Mail - Download a mail ballot application.

  • Disabled Voters - Absentee voting program for voters who are disabled.

  • Overseas and Military Voters - Learn about voting for overseas and military voters.

  • Nursing Home/Hospital Voting - Voting for nursing home and hospitalized voters.

Grace-period Registration and Voting Grace period registration and voting extends the registration period by allowing voters to register to vote up to the Monday before an election. However, guidelines limit when and where grace period registrants can vote. More


Election Day Voting: April 4

If you choose to wait until Election Day to vote, it will be held on Tuesday, April 4th.

  • Find your assigned polling place using the Cook County Clerk's Voter Information tool. Polls are open 6 am to 7 pm.

  • Residents who are not registered to vote may register and ast a ballot on Election Day. Two qualifying forms of ID must be presented.

  • Note: there are no drop boxes to turn in absentee ballots on April 4. You must drop them in a regular mailbox so they are postmarked on Election Day to be counted.

Voter registration

You can register to vote at all early voting sites and at your election date polling location.

Any voter who needs to register for the first time or file an address change or name change must present two forms of ID, one of which shows the voter's current address. Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Illinois driver's license

  • Illinois state ID

  • Employee or student ID

  • Credit card

  • Social security card

  • Birth certificate

  • Utility bill in applicant's name

  • Mail postmarked to the applicant

  • Valid U.S. passport

  • Public aid ID card

  • Lease or rental contract

Suburban Cook County Voters: see the Cook County Clerk's website for more information.


Click HERE to check your voter information, mail-in ballot status, polling place and more.


VOTE! in your local elections. Every vote and voice matters, so cast your ballot and make it heard!





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