HYDE PARK — Volunteer group Neighbors Who Vote will encourage registered voters to fill out their ballots as soon as possible with two events on Saturday, which is National Vote Early Day.
Volunteers will assist residents with their ballots and provide information around the voting process 9 a.m.–noon at the Parkway Gardens Christian Church, 6600 S. King Drive.
They’ll also chat with passersby 1-4 p.m. at the 47th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue intersection, encouraging residents to vote at the nearby King Service Center polling place, 4314 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Masks and social distancing guidelines will be respected in each location.
Nora McConnell-Johnson, a student at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, is leading the effort to recruit volunteers for the Cottage Grove event. About 10 of McConnell-Johnson’s fellow students will also be at the busy intersection.
Even with resources like Injustice Watch’s judicial voting guide, neighbors may need of clarity around some of the races before they vote, McConnell-Johnson said.
Saturday’s events are intended to help those who may be confused by their ballot to the point they’re thinking about not voting.
“We’ll be asking, ‘What is your plan? Can I help you [in] any way?'” McConnell-Johnson said. “As we talk it out, you might realize you might need some more information. … We’re talking people through the really important aspects of the ballot [so they won’t] get overwhelmed by it.”
Similar events are planned for several other South Side locations and the Ogilvie Transportation Center, 500 W. Madison St., before Election Day on Nov. 3.
For updates, or to volunteer with Neighbors Who Vote at Saturday’s events and all others, you can email the group at NWVoteChicago@gmail.com.
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