Election time

It’s that time of year again – election time. Tomorrow is Election Day, so here are some links that should help you decide how to vote, as well as helping you with the mechanics of the process.

Where and how to vote: The Chicago Board of Elections website for information on polling places, registration status, voting instructions, and election results. Outside of the city, check Vote 411 (a League of Women Voters site) or the People for the American Way polling place locator.

Background information on the candidates: Project Vote Smart and Politics 1 for candidate profiles and voting records. Open Secrets to look at campaign contributions. Thomas billfinder for legislative information from the Library of Congress.

Media coverage: the Sun-Times and the Trib have many election articles, and Time Out lists some candidate positions.

Judical elections and retentions: View and print the recommendations of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Alliance of Bar Associations (including the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago, Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago, Chicago Council of Lawyers, Cook County Bar Association, Decalogue Society of Lawyers, Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, Illinois State Bar Association, Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago, Puerto Rican Bar Association of Illinois, and Women’s Bar Association of Illinois).

1 Comment so far

  1. Dave! (unregistered) on November 6th, 2006 @ 7:34 pm

    Great post! The judicial resources are especially important–most voters won’t know anything about the candidates, and it’s especially bad on the retention votes. A few minutes to see how the Bar Associations rank the candidates goes a long way to being an informed voter.

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