Why Do We Vote In February?

Chicago voter Ronald Jackson has been to at least 32 mayoral forums to become an informed — and visible — voter.
Chicago voter Ronald Jackson has been to at least 32 mayoral forums to become an informed — and visible — voter. Linda Lutton/WBEZ
Chicago voter Ronald Jackson has been to at least 32 mayoral forums to become an informed — and visible — voter.
Chicago voter Ronald Jackson has been to at least 32 mayoral forums to become an informed — and visible — voter. Linda Lutton/WBEZ

Why Do We Vote In February?

Election Day is finally here. If you live in Chicago, you’ll be voting for mayor, your alderman, city clerk and city treasurer.

With temperatures in the 20s, and snow flurries hitting the ground, the weather could affect voter turnout. So it begs the question: Why do we vote in the winter?

Morning Shift checks in with urban history professor Maureen Flanagan to dive into Chicago’s election day history.

GUEST: Maureen Flanagan, professor emerita of urban history at the Illinois Institute of Technology

LEARN MORE: For more information, visit the Chicago Board of Elections website.