Illinois was still several months away from its primaries but across the state line in Indiana it was a different story. On Tuesday, Hoosiers will go to the polls to pick local candidates and vote on referenda.
It’s such a ritual, this thing we do today. We trudge out to a neighborhood school or senior center or library and stand in line, sign our names and make a choice. Sometimes we’re thrilled about our choice, sometimes indifferent, sometimes downright disgusted.
Bad weather on an election day can also have a bad effect on politics by keeping voters away from the polls. In theory, early voting, which in the race for Chicago mayor got underway earlier this week, can encourage turnout.
A requirement to vote in the United States is citizenship. But voting isn’t the only way to affect a race’s outcome. Some undocumented young people in the Chicago area are going all out against the Republican in Illinois’s U.S.