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    Vote now, not on Election Day, officials urge

    Though things should be safe in precinct polling places on March 17, a safer bet is to vote early now or apply for an early ballot, election and public officials advised today.

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    79彩票注册网址Please don’t vote on Election Day.

    That was the odd but all-too-real message from a wide range of government and election officials today as, with an eye on the coronavirus, they strongly urged voters to either cast ballots now by visiting early-vote sites located in every neighborhood or get and return a mail-in ballot.

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    79彩票注册网址Officials are taking extra steps to ensure safety for those who do show up at local polling places on March 17, the Chicago Board of Elections said today. Those steps include relocating 25 polling places citywide (see the list below), most of which were located in nursing homes.

    Meanwhile, though, voters seem to have figured out themselves that mixing it up with crowds on March 17 might not be wise. As of this morning, 63,419 Chicagoans had cast ballots at early-voting locations, about even with four years ago, according to the board. But a whopping 90,020 had applied for mail ballots—three times the normal amount.

    79彩票注册网址The strongest plea for mail ballots came from Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

    79彩票注册网址In a press conference with Gov. J.B. Pritzker announcing the indefinite postponement of the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade downtown as well as small neighborhood events, Lightfoot appealed to Chicagoans to vote by mail “if at all possible.” Mail can be obtained by clicking on the link on the Board of Election’s website.

    Board Chairwoman Marisel Hernandez instead pushed early voting at one of 51 sites located around the city as the better option.

    79彩票注册网址The deadline for applying for mail ballots is 5 p.m. tomorrow, and ballots to be counted must be mailed with a postmark no later than March 17, Hernandez noted. With mail service not always reliable, “I strongly urge early voting. That's the way to ensure that your ballot is received (on time) and counted.”

    Hernandez discouraged a notion from Pritzker that the deadline for applying for mail ballots be extended until March 16. Logistically, that would be very difficult for the city to handle, she said, with more than 1,100 ballot variations being offered depending on which legislative, judicial and other districts in which a voter resides.

    79彩票注册网址For those who do wait until March 17 to vote, the board has ordered hand wipes and sanitizers for the city’s more than 2,000 precinct polling places. Voting is lightest—in other words, fewer people are in the polling place—between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., she noted. Some election judges have backed out of serving on Tuesday, but the number so far is relatively low and the board has made backup arrangements to have some city workers serve as judges if need be, she added.

    Hernandez made it clear that other steps to expand early voting in the future—such as more mail ballots and maybe even internet voting—may well be on the way. “There’s going to be some discussions after this election is over.”

    Though mail ballots received by March 16 will be counted on Election Day, the board legally has two weeks more to count those that arrive later, so long as they’re postmarked by March 17. That means there’s a possibility the outcome of some close election contests may not be known until April.

    Here’s the list of precinct places that are being moved. The new locations are not yet known, but the board says it will make extra efforts to notify those affected and reminded voters that they can learn locations on the board’s website:

    2nd Ward, 24th precinct

    6th Ward, 18th precinct

    79彩票注册网址13th Ward, 28th and 37th precincts

    79彩票注册网址14th Ward, 16th precinct

    79彩票注册网址16th Ward 18th precinct

    17th Ward, 14th precinct

    18th Ward, 25th and 45th precincts

    19th Ward, precincts 12, 14 and 35

    79彩票注册网址25th Ward, 21st precinct

    26th Ward 29th precinct

    27th Ward, 36th precinct

    28th Ward 31st precinct

    79彩票注册网址32nd Ward, 12th precinct

    79彩票注册网址36th Ward 30th precinct

    79彩票注册网址40th Ward, 35th precinct

    79彩票注册网址41st Ward 2nd precinct

    79彩票注册网址44th Ward, precincts 4, 17 and 35

    49th Ward, precinct 30

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