Over half a million Chicagoans, or about a third of registered voters, cast their votes in the municipal election. Mayor Lori Lightfoot did not get enough votes to make it to the runoff, something that hasn’t happened to an incumbent Chicago mayor in forty years. Paul Vallas and Brandon Johnson will face off in April, along with a handful of alderpersons who didn’t secure fifty percent of the vote in their wards. Voters also chose who would be on the inaugural twenty-five police district councils and in certain wards voted to support community benefits agreements in South Shore and more affordable housing in Woodlawn.
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Seriously Chicago, one third of the registered voters turned out to determine the city Mayor, and you wonder why crime corruption and education are so dismal in the city. Maybe if Civics was added back to the educational curriculum the other two thirds would understand why they need to get off their lazy backsides and vote. After all it is just about the only freedom you have left at your disposal to make a change in the governmental system that controls just about every aspect of your life.
We teach civics in every Chicago high school. It’s a required course. The curriculum is pretty good.
It is a bit discouraging to see the number of voters who actually turned out to vote. I think that those who are engaged in voter registration and engagement should get to the root of the issue and find out why people are not voting. I know why it’s important to vote and the history of my people place a huge part in my decision to vote. But what about those who are actively choosing not to vote?
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