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Last Day for Early Voting for the Few Registered Voters

By Amy Hart in News on Mar 16, 2006 2:00PM

2006_03_vote.jpgIf you want to vote early in this year's primary election, you'll have to do so by the time the polls close today. Otherwise you will have to wait until the official primary election day on Tuesday, March 21st.

Chicagoist voted this past weekend and found the new computerized touchscreen voting machines to be quite fast, easy, and user friendly. Although it seemed the new early voting system was getting off to a slow start, the poll workers we came across told us that the decent weather had brought out a good crowd, and they thought the new system was an early success that will only grow in ease and popularity over time.

Of course, maybe you're not planning on voting at all. The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners says fewer Chicagoans are registered to vote in this year's primary than any election since at least 1942, and maybe even since 1920, when women weren't even allowed to vote. Meanwhile suburban Cook County has its second highest number of primary voters ever. So what's the deal fellow Chicagoans? Do you just not care? If not, then we're going to take a cue from our parental units and say that if you don't vote, then you don't have a right to complain about the government you end up with.