Few Austin residents have participated in early voting

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Fewer than 100 residents of the 29th and 37th Wards have cast their ballots since early voting began last week for the March 20 primary.

Voters can cast their ballots the rest of this week at the city’s “Super Site,” 16 W. Adams. Starting Monday, March 5, Chicagoans can vote any any early-voting site throughout the city.

The Austin locations, starting Monday and running through March 19, are:

  • Amundsen Park (in the 29th Ward), at 6200 W. Bloomingdale
  • West Chicago Avenue Library (in the 37th Ward), at 4856 W. Chicago
  • St. Agatha Parish (in the 24th Ward), at 3147 W. Douglas Blvd.
  • West Side Learning Center (in the 28th Ward), at 4624 W. Madison

To see the list of all 50 ward sites, click here.

The Democratic ballot will include the 1st District Cook County commissioner race that pitts incumbent Richard Boykin against challenger Brandon Johnson.

Boykin, an attorney seeking his second term, and Johnson, a teacher and union organizer, have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in their race. The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform reported Thursday that the two together have raised more than $650,000. They appeared at a candidate forum earlier last month that Austin Talks covered.

In another West Side race, Anthony Clark, a teacher at Oak Park River Forest High School, is challenging longtime U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis for the 7th congressional district seat. Candidates seeking the Republican nomination are Craig Cameron and Jefferey A. Leef, as reported by the Chicago Tribune.

West Side primary voters will also be picking gubernatorial and attorney general nominees, among other races.

A number of candidates face no primary opposition, including state Reps. Camille Lilly (78th) and La Shawn Ford (8th).

For more information about voting this month, contact the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners.

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