Thursday, August 9, 2012

Ward Room: Voter Cards Reveal Residents' New Wards

Have you all recieved your new voter registration cards?
New voter cards, some indicating new wards and precincts, were mailed Wednesday to about 1.3 million Chicago voters.

It’s one of the first concrete side effects from this year’s ward re-mapping, approved earlier this year. The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners said about 300,000 registered voters will be effected and see a change on their cards.
Since the new City Council was sworn in last May, re-districted Chicagoans may spend three years and three months represented by an alderman for whom they were unable to vote.

The map was not scheduled to take effect until 2015 when aldermen are sworn into office, but residents get an early peek at their new wards as they will be used in the Nov. 6 General Election.
UMMMMMMM, when is the new map supposed to take effect. Ald. Beale who will get more territory when the new map takes effect interrupted Ald. Sawyer at a meeting of the West Chesterfield Community Association back in February with regards to when the map will take effect. Granted the incumbents need to know where they need to campaign or which ward they need to represent. There's still some confusion with when it's supposed to take effect.

Also, there must be no news on any potential legal challenges.

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