WBEZ | voting http://www.wbez.org/tags/voting Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Midterm 2014 Illinois election results http://www.wbez.org/news/midterm-2014-illinois-election-results-111012 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/vote_0.PNG" alt="" /><p><p><a href="#governor">Governor</a> | <a href="#senate">Senate</a> | <a href="#house">House</a> | <a href="#statewide">Statewide</a> | <a href="#general-assembly">General Assembly</a> | <a href="#local">Local</a></p><div id="gov"><a name="governor"></a><p><span style="font-size:22px;">Governor</span></p></div><div id="senate"><a name="senate"></a><p><span style="font-size:22px;">Senate</span></p></div><br /><div id="house"><a name="house"></a><p><span style="font-size:22px;">House</span></p></div><br /><div id="statewide"><a name="statewide"></a><p><span style="font-size:22px;">Statewide elections</span></p></div><br /><div id="stateleg"><a name="general-assembly"></a><p><span style="font-size:22px;">Illinois General Assembly</span></p></div><br /><div id="local"><a name="local"></a><p><span id="cke_bm_239S" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size:22px;">Illinois local elections</span><span id="cke_bm_239E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></p></div><script type="text/javascript" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/wbez-assets/scripts/pym.js"></script><script> var pymGov = new pym.Parent('gov', 'http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2014/general/by_state/gov/IL.html?SITE=WBEZFMELN&SECTION=POLITICS', {}); var pymSenate = new pym.Parent('senate', 'http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2014/general/by_state/us_senate/IL.html?SITE=WBEZFMELN&SECTION=POLITICS', {}); var pymHouse = new pym.Parent('house', 'http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2014/general/by_state/us_house/IL.html?SITE=WBEZFMELN&SECTION=POLITICS', {}); var pymStatewide = new pym.Parent('statewide', 'http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2014/general/by_state/statewide/IL.html?SITE=WBEZFMELN&SECTION=POLITICS', {}); var pymStateleg = new pym.Parent('stateleg', 'http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2014/general/by_state/state_sen_house/IL.html?SITE=WBEZFMELN&SECTION=POLITICS', {}); var pymLocal = new pym.Parent('local', 'http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2014/general/by_state/local/IL.html?SITE=WBEZFMELN&SECTION=POLITICS', {}); </script></p> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/midterm-2014-illinois-election-results-111012 Morning Shift: New scholarship opens path for undocumented students http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-09-29/morning-shift-new-scholarship-opens-path-undocumented <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/CollegeDegrees360.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We get a re-cap of the Bears vs. Packers game with sports duo Kaufmann and Coffman. And, we talk about the Pritzker Access Scholarship that&#39;s recognizing undocumented students. Plus, the jazz and folk sound of Chicago&#39;s Funeral Bonsai Wedding.</p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-undocumented-student-s-get-an-opport/embed?header=false&border=false" width="100%" height=750 frameborder=no allowtransparency=true></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-undocumented-student-s-get-an-opport.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-undocumented-student-s-get-an-opport" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: New scholarship opens path for undocumented students" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-09-29/morning-shift-new-scholarship-opens-path-undocumented The purpose of the ballot http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-11/purpose-ballot-104137 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/mel%20reynolds%20AP.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Mel Reynolds is running for Congress under the them of 'Redemption.' (AP/M. Spencer Green)" /></div><p>With the resignation of Jesse Jackson Jr. from his seat in the 2nd Congressional District, a growing number of potential candidates are lining up to take his place. It seems that each day the field gets a little larger. And unquestionably, one of the most surprising candidates to throw his hat in the ring is the person Rep. Jackson originally defeated to win the seat in 1995: Mel Reynolds.</p><p>In 1992 the young, photogenic Reynolds defeated the then controversial Gus Savage, who had for 12 years run the district as a personal fiefdom. Two years after Reynolds won the seat he was convicted of a series of sexual crimes with a minor; he was also convicted on federal financial and campaign fraud charges.</p><p>Now Reynolds wants back in. He says he wants another chance to do the job right. His campaign slogan is straight forward and right on point: Redemption. Reynolds argues that he&rsquo;s done the crime, he&rsquo;s done his time, and now it&rsquo;s time to move on. He maintains that he has the education, talent and experience to do the job. And, he&rsquo;s hoping that the constituents of the district will recognize that his past crimes shouldn&rsquo;t be a &ldquo;life sentence&rdquo; and vote for him.</p><p>I think Reynolds&rsquo; arrogance in this matter is stunning! Sexual misconduct with a minor, the solicitation of child pornography, campaign fraud &mdash; and he wants his job back! I guess what Reynolds is really hoping for is a case of &ldquo;total collective amnesia&rdquo; on the part of the voters of the&nbsp;2nd&nbsp;District. I applaud Mr. Reynolds attempt at &ldquo;redemption,&rdquo; but perhaps that process should be pursued in a more private manner and not in a public venue.</p><p>Legally, of course, Mr. Reynolds has the right to seek re-election. Here&rsquo;s where the &ldquo;beauty&rdquo; of our American political system comes into play. He has a right to run, and citizens of his district have a right to vote. So, if his constituents decide that his previous behavior and character are not acceptable to them &mdash; they simply don&rsquo;t have to vote for him. If they don&rsquo;t believe in his plea for redemption, he need not be publically ridiculed or reviled; he should simply not receive a person&rsquo;s vote. In voting against any one particular candidate, citizens are demonstrating yet another sacred tenant of our political system: &ldquo;Every person has a right to their say, but not every person is right.&rdquo;</p><p><em>Al Gini is a Professor of Business Ethics and Chairman of the Management Department in the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago.</em></p></p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 09:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-11/purpose-ballot-104137 Why you should vote http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-11/list-nonpartisan-reasons-vote-103682 <p><p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.48699602781058715"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/3002776434_643d076694.jpg" style="float: left; height: 225px; width: 300px; " title="This could be yours! (Flickr/Vox Efx)" />You can legitimately complain if the other guy wins.</span><br /><br />Because you want to wait in line in a weird building near you and encounter some slow-moving people as you catch up on your reading.<br /><br />You can brag about it on Facebook/Twitter.<br /><br />People are less likely to think you&rsquo;re a lazy, uninvolved jerk.<br /><br />You&#39;ll be one less vote that keeps the election dragging late thereby making everyone stay up past their bedtimes and be cranky tomorrow.<br /><br />You might get a sticker.</p></p> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 10:31:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-11/list-nonpartisan-reasons-vote-103682 Poll: Before heading into the booth, voters research President and Mayor, but not Ward Committeeman http://www.wbez.org/news/poll-heading-booth-voters-research-president-and-mayor-not-ward-committeeman-103658 <p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F66227515&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;color=ffe12b" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>A couple of weeks ago,<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/why-dont-voters-research-judges-103350"> WBEZ polled its audience</a> to figure out whether they&#39;re blindly heading into the voting booth without a care in the world, or whether they actually pay attention to who is running for particular offices in federal, state and local elections. Below are the results of this self-reported data from over 1,000 WBEZ readers (many of whom are also members).</p><script type="text/javascript" src="//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/static/modules/gviz/1.0/chart.js"> {"dataSourceUrl":"//docs.google.com/spreadsheet/tq?key=0AoAq-yszkAfjdEhWV2Npb2tWZEF3TldKUGVZQmJyTEE&transpose=0&headers=1&range=A1%3AE35&gid=2&pub=1","options":{"titleTextStyle":{"bold":true,"color":"#000","fontSize":16},"vAxes":[{"title":"","useFormatFromData":true,"minValue":null,"viewWindowMode":"pretty","viewWindow":{"min":null,"max":null},"maxValue":null},{"useFormatFromData":true,"minValue":null,"viewWindowMode":"pretty","viewWindow":{"min":null,"max":null},"maxValue":null}],"title":"Which of these elected offices do you research before voting?","booleanRole":"certainty","legendTextStyle":{"color":"#222","fontSize":"10"},"animation":{"duration":500},"legend":"right","hAxis":{"title":"Elected office title","useFormatFromData":true,"minValue":null,"viewWindowMode":null,"textStyle":{"color":"#222","fontSize":"7"},"viewWindow":null,"maxValue":null},"tooltip":{},"isStacked":false,"width":602,"height":280},"state":{},"view":{},"chartType":"ColumnChart","chartName":"Chart 2"} </script><p>Unsurprisingly, President and Vice President come out on top as an office that respondants felt the most informed about. But the numbers dropped sharply for positions like Metropolitan Reclamation Board Commissioner (on Tuesday&#39;s ballot in Cook County) and Ward Committeeman. You can click on the columns above to see exactly what percent of people out of the 1,345 voters say they research specific offices.</p><p>In my last post, I remarked that many people don&#39;t do much research for less-well known offices, like judges. This might be anecdotal, but if this year is any indication, that may be changing: Dan Sinker created <a href="http://www.mobilejudges.com/">mobilejudges.com</a>, which voters can use when they&#39;re in the voting booth, on their smart phones. There have also been a number of other pieces published by varying media outlets to inform voters before it&#39;s too late, like<a href="http://blogs.suntimes.com/politics/2012/11/judicial_retention_and_bar_association_ratings.html"> this piece from Craig Newman at the<em> Sun-Time</em>s</a>, or the flyer I got in the mail urging me to retain certain judges, seen below.</p><p>Despite growing amounts of information, it&#39;s hard to tell if this will make much of a difference: On Monday&#39;s&nbsp;<em>Morning Shift</em>, WBEZ listeners learned that the last time a judge was <em>not </em>retained in Cook County was in 1990; in fact, &quot;Virtually all judges are retained with every election,&quot; said Malcolm Rich of the Chicago Council of Lawyers and Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/judges flyer.JPG" style="float: right; height: 402px; width: 300px; " title="A flyer sent out by the Cook County Democratic Party." />What are the top reasons judges aren&#39;t retained? They&#39;re late to the bench, rude, unaccomodating, and &quot;some of the judges simply don&#39;t have knowledge of the law,&quot; Rich said.</p><p>It&#39;s also difficult to tell how much stock we should put into looking at these rankings. Just seeing a YES/NO ranking according to the Judicial Performance Commission of Cook County fails to indicate to us exactly why, according to a bunch of anonymous attorneys, these judges should not get a chance to judge another day. To get a better picture, you can read full written evaluations of each judge according to the&nbsp;<a href="http://voteforjudges.org/State_Judicial_Evaluations_for_November_2012_final.pdf">Chicago Council of Lawyers Evaluation Report</a>. As Rich explains, many judges are not suggested for retention because they&#39;re criticized for being&nbsp;&quot;inflexible&quot;, &quot;hostile&quot; or &quot;imperious.&quot;</p><p>So once we get people researching, what&#39;s the next step? Looking closer at these judicial evalutions, deciding if we can trust them, and figuring out what we can do to make the process even better.</p></p> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 11:10:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/poll-heading-booth-voters-research-president-and-mayor-not-ward-committeeman-103658 Why don't voters research judges? http://www.wbez.org/news/why-dont-voters-research-judges-103350 <p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/ballot%20edit.jpg" style="height: 548px; width: 620px; " title="Judges on the Chicago ballot in the 2010 general election (Flickr/Shawn Calvert)" /></p><table align="left" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="margin-bottom: 15px; width: 310px; "><tbody><tr><td><script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://static.polldaddy.com/p/6634617.js"></script><noscript><a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/6634617/">Which of these elected offices do you research before voting?</a></noscript></td></tr></tbody></table><p>The first time I snuck into the voting booth with my Mom as a kid, the thing I noticed right away was how <em>long </em>we were in there. It seemed to take forever for her to pull all those levers (this was in New York, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/04/nyregion/04machines.html">which had old school voting for a long time</a>). I remember thinking that it really shouldn&rsquo;t be such a drawn out process; after all, weren&rsquo;t we just there to vote for the new Mayor?<br /><br />It wasn&rsquo;t until (what I now view as) embarrassingly late in my education that I realized there was a lot more on that ballot than just the Mayor or the President. In the 2012&nbsp;<a href="http://www.elections.il.gov/ElectionInformation/OfficesUpForElection.aspx?ID=33">Illinois general election</a>, you&rsquo;ve got big ticket offices like President, Congress, State Representative and State Senator. For those races, you&rsquo;ve probably at least heard the name of one person running for office.<br /><br />But what about the down ballot offices, like Regional Superintendent of Schools, Water Reclamation Board, and my personal favorite, Trustee to the Levee and Sanitation District?</p><p><em><strong>A spotlight on judges</strong></em></p><p>The elected spots that most often slip through the cracks are the judges--what can feel like, looking at the ballot, to be hundreds and hundreds of judges.&nbsp;Filling vacancies, retaining judges, all of that has to happen for state supreme court, for appellate court and subcircuit court. Which means that you&rsquo;re not necessarily pitting one person against another; you&rsquo;re voting to see if someone should still be a judge. A <a href="http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=200052">Medill article from earlier this year noted that</a> on a Democratic ballot from 2008 in Cook County, just over 70 percent of voters voted to fill a vacancy in a circuit court judgeship race.</p><p>None of this is news to anyone who has voted. What might be surprising is the prevalence of people, educated and not, who vote without paying attention to these judges--despite how relatively simple it is to figure out who should be reelected.&nbsp;</p><p><em><strong>How to get more information</strong></em><br /><br />The nonpartisan website <a href="http://voteforjudges.org/">VoteforJudges.org</a> is a favorite site of mine, one that I discovered in college when I realized I&rsquo;d have to vote for a lot of positions I hadn&#39;t been forced to pay attention to by newsmedia. Vote for Judges provides links to reports on judges from the Judicial Performance Commission of Cook County, Chicago Bar Association, Chicago Council of Lawyers and the Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening. The former has fully written evaluations of judges, while the latter organizations rank people along the lines of Qualified and Not-Qualified, Recommended or Not Recommended. The Alliance shows recommendations from organizations like the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago&nbsp;Area (AABA), Black Women&rsquo;s Lawyers Association of Greater Chicago (BWLA) and&nbsp;Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago (LAGBAC), among others.</p><p>Judges are in a position to have a huge impact on the laws that our other elected officials spend a great deal of time pontificating about, but they remain generally nameless to the public at large, except those that end up presiding over high-profile cases. Names that become popular are usually associated with trials like that of former Governor Rod Blagojevich&#39;s (Judge Zagel), or Judge Locallo, the subject of the book <a href="http://books.google.com/books/about/Courtroom_302.html?id=nZJPBxjI270C"><em>Courtroom 302</em></a>.</p><p>But because most people aren&#39;t being inundated with the details of these &quot;races&quot; to retain or fill a judgeship, many don&#39;t know what to do when they get in the voting booth. They also can&#39;t use voting along party lines as a fallback because the judges you see on your ballot all align with your particular party.&nbsp;</p><p>So what do people do when they don&rsquo;t know anything about their judges? Well, in the words of one friend who shared Vote for Judges on Facebook, they stare &ldquo;blankly at the page on Nov 6th.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;The bottom line is there is a no one-stop shopping when it comes to finding this information. You have to dig for it,&rdquo; Travis Akin director of the watchdog group Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch told Illinois Watchdog for their piece <a href="http://watchdog.org/59562/il-judicial-elections-require-voters-to-research-and-follow-the-money/">&ldquo;Judicial elections require voters to research and follow the money.&rdquo; </a>&nbsp;&ldquo;And while we challenge people to do their homework, we&rsquo;re very much aware that not a whole lot of people are going to do that before they go to the polls.&rdquo;<br /><br />From mere crowdsourcing I&#39;ve done, a major way the people who vote at all for judges end up voting based simply off of names, via an implied race or sex. If you think more women and minorities should be elected, voting for people with names that appear female or Hispanic is a way to get that to happen (or, if you don&#39;t, to make it stop happening). To elaborate on how this doesn&#39;t help protect the interests of voters would be a big waste of words, so let&#39;s just leave that as a voting tactic that should probably be avoided.</p><p><em><strong>Tell us: do you do research?</strong></em></p><p>Voting for judges proves that in today&#39;s voting economy, though much coverage during elections surrounds whether people vote at all (<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/early-voting-begins-monday-illinois-103290">especially in Chicago</a>), what the media often pays less attention to is what voters are doing when they get in there--besides, of course, votes that occur down party lines for big tickets.</p><p>So we&#39;d like you to tell us: for what races do you do research? Fill out the poll in this post, which includes most everyone you&#39;ll see at one point or another on the ballot in Chicago, per <a href="http://www.cookcountyclerk.com/elections/deo/Documents/CookCountyDirectoryofElectedOfficials2011.pdf">this list by the Cook County Clerk</a>. And for the coming election, you can also look up exactly who (and what &ldquo;Public Questions&rdquo;) will be on your ballot at the <a href="http://www.chicagoelections.com/">Chicago Elections</a> website.</p></p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 14:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/why-dont-voters-research-judges-103350 Insight Labs ponders how technology has changed the way Millennials view democracy http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/insight-labs-ponders-how-technology-has-changed-way-millennials-view-democracy <p><p>Since the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHa6RTUBoC0">26th Amendment</a> decreased the voting age to 18 in 1971, the symbol of the voting booth has gone through a period of transition. It no longer represents exclusivity and instead has become a ubiquitous element of American adult life. But for the Millenial generation, the once-powerful act of pulling the lever has lost its appeal as the perception of its inherent value has diminished. So, in the 21st Century, how do we not only make our votes count, but make sure they have value as well?<img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/I voted for the 44th President of the US (FlickrPhoney Nickle).jpg" style="float: right; height: 250px; width: 250px;" title="I Voted for the 44th President of the US (Flickr/Phoney Nickle)" /><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/I%20voted%20for%20the%2044th%20President%20of%20the%20US%20%28FlickrPhoney%20Nickle%29.jpg" style="height: 4px; width: 4px; float: right; " title="I Voted for the 44th President of the US (Flickr/Phoney Nickle)" /></p><p>Well, Jeff Leitner and Howell J. Malhalm Jr. of <a href="http://www.theinsightlabs.org/">Insight Labs</a> are trying to get to the heart of that very question. Insight Labs is dedicated to bringing together smart, creative people from non-profit organizations, NGO&rsquo;s, and government agencies to brainstorm ideas about solving the world&rsquo;s problems by thinking outside the box. Insight Labs host three-hour discussion sessions (called &ldquo;Labs&rdquo;) that attempt to tackle seemingly impossible problems from a myriad different angles. Two weeks ago, Insight Labs partnered with <a href="http://www.ourtime.org/">Our Time</a>, an upstart advocacy group for young Americans to voice their unique concerns in the political discourse, to conduct a Lab in Washington D.C to develop a new model for measuring civic participation that takes into account our changing cultural landscape.</p><p>This proved fruitful as the team took away <a href="http://www.theinsightlabs.org/labs/moving-beyond-the-vote">many unique insights from the session</a>. For one thing, experts are saying &ldquo;that turnout in itself is not a particularly relevant measure of the health of a democratic society,&rdquo; and rather the more relevant measure is vote&rsquo;s meaningful impact on society. Personal agency is paramount in a democracy simply because people want the feeling that they have control over their own destinies. Voting was the ultimate symbol of agency in the United States for many years, but now that the very nature of agency is changing in light of technological advances that give us an unprecedentedly high degree of personalization and freedom over our own lives, voting seems quite antiquated. Why would the younger generation buy into designating leaders by proxy when their lives are ruled by themselves?</p><p>Now, <a href="http://www.theinsightlabs.org/about">Jeff and Howell</a> are bringing this question to The Afternoon Shift and the American people: Are young people outgrowing democracy? Howell believes that democracy has run its course and that we should form a new type of political participation that can actually accomplish something in the face of political polarization, financial crises, and unprecedented technological change. On the other hand, Jeff thinks that democracy has always needed an intergenerational reboot and the Millenials are just the people to bring it up to speed.</p><p>Host Steve Edwards will explore this burning question with Jeff and Howell on today&rsquo;s Afternoon Shift.&nbsp; Listen to the conversation and voice your own opinion on our twitter feed.&nbsp; Use the hashtag #doesvotingmatter</p><script charset="utf-8" src="http://widgets.twimg.com/j/2/widget.js"></script><script> new TWTR.Widget({ version: 2, type: 'search', search: '#doesvotingmatter', interval: 30000, title: 'Afternoon Shift and Insight Labs', subject: 'Does voting still matter?', width: 'auto', height: 300, theme: { shell: { background: '#a60202', color: '#ffffff' }, tweets: { background: '#ffffff', color: '#444444', links: '#1985b5' } }, features: { scrollbar: true, loop: true, live: true, behavior: 'default' } }).render().start(); </script></p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 10:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/insight-labs-ponders-how-technology-has-changed-way-millennials-view-democracy Ballots too big in at least 25 Illinois counties http://www.wbez.org/story/ballots-too-big-least-25-illinois-counties-97482 <p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/content-categories/99831"><img alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-19/election2012promo.jpg" style="width: 270px; height: 50px; " title=""></a></p><hr><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/no-sidebar/map-illinois-primary-election-results-97479"><img alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-20/primarymap.jpg" style="width: 270px; height: 200px; " title=""></a></p></div></div><p>Election officials say nearly a quarter of Illinois counties and the city of Aurora are reporting that some primary ballots are too large and don't fit into scanning machines.</p><p>Rupert Borgsmiller of the Illinois State Board of Elections says all votes will be counted, but tallying may go slower than usual in affected counties.</p><p>He says ballots from two vendors are causing problems in 25 counties. But not all precincts in those counties are affected. Some ballots are fine, even in the affected precincts.</p><p>Counties reporting ballot size problems are: Winnebago, Vermilion, Iroquois, Douglas, Knox, Grundy, McLean, Warren, Lee, Bond, Bureau, Christian, Clark, Coles, DeWitt, DuPage, Edgar, Macon, Macoupin, McDonough, Moultrie, Putnam, Rock Island, Shelby and Tazewell.</p></p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 23:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/ballots-too-big-least-25-illinois-counties-97482 Wisconsin attorney general will appeal temporary stop of voter ID law http://www.wbez.org/story/wisconsin-attorney-general-will-appeal-temporary-stop-voter-id-law-97053 <p><p>Wisconsin’s attonery general plans to appeal a temporary injunction of that state’s controversial voter ID law which went into effect this year.</p><p>“My office will continue its efforts to defend the law, and I am confident that the Voter ID law ultimately will be upheld,” said Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen in a statement.</p><p>A Dane County judge ruled on Tuesday that voters would not be required to present a photo identification in order to vote, at least until a lawsuit against the requirement is resolved. The trial in that lawsuit is set to start April 16. If the injunction stands, the photo ID requirement would not be in place for Wisconsin’s presidential primary, which is scheduled for April 3.</p><p>Van Hollen also said in that statement his office would move quickly, “to ensure that the Voter ID law will be in full force and in effect before the April elections.”</p><p>The judge’s injunction suspends only the photo identification requirement of the law. Other provisions of the law, also known as Act 23, still remain in effect. That act includes the requirement for 28 consecutive days of residency to vote, the requirement for voters to sign the poll list and the end of corroboration for voters who do not have proof of residence.</p></p> Wed, 07 Mar 2012 19:33:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/wisconsin-attorney-general-will-appeal-temporary-stop-voter-id-law-97053 Early voting in Illinois begins http://www.wbez.org/story/early-voting-illinois-begins-96756 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-February/2012-02-27/AP081030037253.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span id="_oneup">Monday marks the start of early voting for Illinois</span>' primary election, and it's available until March 15.</p><p><span id="_oneup">Voters do not need a reason to vote early in the Democratic and Republican primaries. The primary election in Illinois</span> is March 20.</p><p><span id="_oneup">The voting includes nominating contests for the Illinois</span> House and Senate, county offices, congressional races and several referendum questions.</p><p><span id="_oneup">Voting officials expect the close Republican presidential primary and new candidates vying for redrawn federal, state and county seats to drive early voter participation.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup">Registered voters must show a current driver's license or a valid photo ID to participate.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup">Early voters cannot change their votes after final submission.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup">Early voting locations are available statewide. In Chicago 51 locations will offer early voting.</span></p></p> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 15:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/early-voting-illinois-begins-96756