This will be the first time in about 18 years that I’m voting in person in the US.
I have experienced voting in person in Sweden in recent years, which is as exciting as it is easy. So my expectations are a mixed bag. There are so many candidates and issues; the hanging chad; lines at the poles… What will it be like?
This is the first of two elections where voters will nominate their party candidates. Candidates for the following offices are seeking nomination in this election:
- President of the United States
- United States Senator
- Representatives in Congress
- State Senators and Representatives in the General Assembly
- Illinois Comptroller
- Cook County State’s Attorney, Clerk of the Circuit Court, and Recorder of Deeds
- Commissioners of the Board of Review of Cook County – Districts 1 and 2
- Commissioners of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District – 3 to be nominated for 6 year terms – 1 to be nominated to fill a vacancy for a 2 year term
Since I’m a democrat, selecting a presidential nominee is between 2 candidates. That’s the easy one, while almost all the other offices are hard to navigate. I say this because unlike California where they always sent me a sample ballot, provided it via a web page, I’ve had to research the hell out of each nominee manually here in Illinois. While Cook County provides a sample ballot online, many of the candidates have no information.
It makes me question if this isn’t one of the reasons voter turnout is low. Sure there are other reasons, but making voting easier seems to be a no brainer.
What else contributes to low voter turnout?