I had the distinct privilege of voting by mail for the November 4 general election and I’m glad to say it was a fairly painless process. I was even able to register to vote by e-mail (although I had to mail in my registration form via snail mail, the e-mail was sufficient for sending me a ballot).
On election day, Sterch’s in Chicago would give you a free beer if you showed up and presented your voting receipt. I got mine with my ballot. I wonder if they’ll email me a beer?
Voting in Chicago, well, politics in general, has always been turbulent, sometimes corrupt, and full of theatrics. Here are some links to some of the more memorable political events in recent history:
- The “Chicago Machine” steals the 1960 presidential election
- Wikipedia explanation of the Chicago Democratic Machine under mayor Richard J. Daley
- Council Wars: Term coined by Aaron Freeman (who I met and liked quite a bit), Chicago Public Radio chronicles the event (with audio), NPR audio program on the deceased mayor Harold Washington, Wikipedia info on Council Wars
Barak Hussein Obama considers himself to be from Chicago (although he was born in Hawaii). Let’s hope that if he is elected president, we don’t see the kind of racial politics (Council Wars) that I lived through in the mid 80s in Chicago.
Here’s to a clean and fair election. May the best candidate win!