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Early voting, political campaign activities reminder

Election season is upon us. The Illinois primary election is March 17. American, Illinois and Chicago city flags fly on the Michigan Avenue bridge over the Chicago River. (DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief)
Illinois residents, including many DePaul students, faculty and staff who are registered voters, have several options when it comes to voting in the March 17 Illinois primary election. They can vote in person on Election Day at their local polling place, or they can vote early through March 16 at one of several designated early voting sites.

“DePaul has an early voting location on campus at 1150 W. Fullerton Ave., inside the Chicago Public Library branch. And, on Election Day, DePaul students who live on campus, vote at the Sullivan Athletic Center, which is the polling place for the immediate area surrounding the Lincoln Park Campus,” notes Peter Coffey, associate vice president of Community and Government Relations.

Chicago registered votes also can cast their ballot early at a number of sites throughout the city of Chicago, including two just a few steps from the Loop Campus. One is at 69 W. Washington St. and the other is the New Loop Super Site at Clark & Lake (191 N. Clark St.). More details here.

Links to area election agencies are here.

“DePaul has been a pioneer in promoting voting,” says Coffey. “We’ve chosen to be a polling site. W​e have made our facilities open and available as an early voting site and as an Election Day in-precinct polling place. This has been true for several years and is expected to continue.”

A. Gabriel Esteban, Ph.D., president of DePaul, recently released a video about the importance of the right to vote. “This election season, I’m asking DePaul students, faculty and staff to exercise your right to vote,” he says. Watch the video below.

All faculty, staff and students also are reminded that DePaul’s policies on political campaign activities are designed to foster civic participation, while protecting the university’s nonpartisan position. It is important to keep these in mind to avoid the appearance that DePaul is engaged in inappropriate partisan campaign activity.

These policies can be found online at the University Policies & Procedures page (please access using your Campus Connection login and password). Members of the university community should contact Marina Merjan from the Office of the General Counsel with questions regarding the policy.

Additional information is here