All ready to vote, with nowhere to vote. 73 Chicago precincts don’t have a designated polling station for the primary election | Chicago News

Chicago voters headed to the polls on primary election day, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. (WTTW News)

As Chicagoans prepare to head to the polling booth on June 28 for the Illinois primary election, it has emerged that dozens of precincts across the city have been left without a polling station.

According to the Chicago Board of Elections, there are a total of 73 vacant precincts, spread across nearly half of the city’s 50 neighborhoods. The 42nd arrondissement, in the heart of the city center, has the most vacant places, with 14.

In a filing with Cook County Circuit Court, the Board of Elections cited a number of circumstances that led to the vacancies, including a wave of denials from traditional polling places during the COVID-19 pandemic. , as well as problems of accessibility and summer availability.

Blocked voters will receive notice from council regarding their options, such as voting by mail, early voting and voting at ward-wide sites.

The council will continue to work to identify new polling stations for the 2022 general election and the 2023 municipal elections, officials said.

Here is a list of affected neighborhoods, with links to neighborhood maps:

— Ward 2: Ward 10
— Ward 3: Ward 25
— District 7: Districts 1, 3
— District 8: Districts 14, 18
— District 14: Districts 4, 24
— Ward 18: Ward 7
— District 19: District 1, 45, 49
— District 21: Districts 13, 32
— District 26: Districts 30, 42
— Ward 30: Ward 9
— District 31: Districts 15, 31
— District 32: Districts 1, 2, 4, 6, 27
— District 33: Districts 5, 19
— Ward 35: Ward 6
— District 38: Districts 9, 27
— Ward 39: Ward 38
— Ward 40: Wards 9, 18, 22, 26, 33, 36
— Ward 41: Ward 11
— Ward 42: Wards 2, 5, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 29, 32, 33, 36, 38, 39
— District 43: Districts 6, 13, 27, 34, 36, 42
— Ward 44: Wards 4, 5, 6, 18, 21, 22, 23, 28
— Ward 45: Wards 15, 17, 19, 20, 30, 35
— Ward 48: Ward 32
— Ward 49: Ward 16

Contact Patty Wetli: @pattywetli | (773) 509-5623 | [email protected]


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