It is just after midnight and we have had a great week - ending with our television debut! We will hit the doors early Saturday for the last weekend of knocking on doors but wanted to send a quick note to remind everyone that Saturday (February 21) is the last day for early voting.
You can vote in any of the early voting locations throughout the city, and the 33rd ward site is at Horner Park (California/Montrose). You can get all the official information about early/grace period voting (registering and voting at once) from the Chicago Board of Elections.
In addition to Alderman (Annisa is #54 on the ballot, just in case you are wondering) and Mayor - there will be four referenda on the ballot in the 33rd. One of these questions has not gotten much attention in the media so we wanted to highlight its importance here. We urge you to vote YES on the campaign finance reform advisory question and support Fair Elections in Illinois:
"Should the City of Chicago or the State of Illinois reduce the influence of special interest money in elections by financing campaigns using small contributions from individuals and a limited amount of public money?"
We all hear about how much money has infected our politics, but here are a few numbers for you:
- Ald. Mell has raised more than $160,000 - apx. 68% from corporations and other political campaigns (it costs alot of money to put out that many mailers) - this does not include Chicago Forward money
- Tim Meegan has raised apx. $70,000 - apx. 63% from unions
- Annisa Wanat has raised apx. $30,000 - apx. 95% from individual donations
- The average city council candidate in 2013 in New York City, which has a small contributions finance system, raised apx. $65,000, and more than 90% of that was from individuals.
Wouldn't you rather have the people who cast the votes be financing the campaigns? If so, please vote YES on the Fair Elections Act, and for more information on how we can #GetTheMoneyOut of politics, visit the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform or StampStampede (which is run by Ben & Jerry - yes, that Ben & Jerry).
If you can't make to the polls tomorrow - you still have Tuesday! Check the Chicago Board of Elections for information on your specific voting location.
And thank you for participating in the process!