By Paul Gorski
There’s a joke about a Chicago native, having retired in Florida, making the statement to friends and family, “I’d like to be buried in Chicago.” He is asked why. “So I can continue to vote,” he responds. I understand Chicago was once well known for having voters with the names of the deceased cast ballots on Election Day.
Joking aside, voting is serious business. It is not only your right, but also your responsibility to vote. Our primary election is Tuesday, March 18, and there are races for governor, sheriff, county board members and more. Some races will be decided by these primary elections, as the winners may not face opponents in the fall. Winning the primary is winning the election for some candidates.
You may not have heard, but both Democrats and Republicans have primary races for governor. That is an important office. Do not let someone else choose your next governor by not casting your own ballot.
You don’t have to wait until March 18 to vote. State politicians decided years ago that pinning their re-election hopes on a single voting day and a few absentee mail ballots was not in their best interest. Or, perhaps they thought you might like the opportunity to vote when it was convenient for you. In any case, you are the winner, as you have more flexibility and opportunities to cast your ballot.
Rockford residents may vote early now until March
15 at the election office at 301 S. Sixth St., Rockford, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. City voters may also vote early Saturday, March 15, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. See “Early voting under way for March 18 primary” at http://rockrivertimes.com/early-voting-underway-for-march-18-primary/ for details. City voters may also visit voterockford.com for more election information.
Winnebago county residents living outside Rockford may vote early at the County Clerk’s office in the county administration building at 404 Elm St., Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., until March 15. County residents may also vote early Saturday, March 15, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Elm Street office. Visit the county clerk’s website at http://winnebago.il.clerkserve.com/ or call (815) 319-4252 for more information about early voting.
Vote early. Avoid the rain, snow or potential ice storm, or having to rush to a polling place before or after work on Tuesday, March 18. You will also have the opportunity to vote early for the general election this fall. We have some important offices to vote for this election, so again, please get out and vote. Thank you.
Paul Gorski (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a Cherry Valley Township resident who also authors the Tech-Friendly column seen in this newspaper. Read “Tech-Friendly” at: http://rockrivertimes.com/?s=tech-friendly.
From the March 12-18, 2014 print edition