The Gay Vote: Chicago and Illinois Voting Resources

Tue. February 2, 2010 12:00 AM by News Staff

Chicago, IL - Voters prepare to head to the polls this morning for Illinois' primary election to determine their choices for the fall ballot, including a replacement for Barack Obama's US Senate seat currently held by Roland Burris, Illinois Governor and Cook County Board president.

This primary election has become increasingly more important to the LGBT community as there are 9 openly-gay candidates running in the election – before Jacob Meister withdrew his name from consideration for the US Senate seat there were 10 openly-gay candidates – a record for the state according to the Windy City Times. LGBT Americans have higher rates of voter participation.

Voter turnout is traditionally light in nonpresidential primary elections and the snow this morning will most-likely lead to even lower participation.

Polls are open today from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. The heaviest period of voting occurs between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The Gay Vote: Candidate Forum does not endorse political candidates, but we hope these interviews with Alexis Giannoulias, Jacob Meister (who has since dropped out) and Robert Marshall are informative.

The Windy City Times has also prepared an excellent chart indicating candidate positions and endorsements from various gay groups to help you make an informed decision when voting.

For the first time in its 33 years, Gay Chicago Magazine has offered political endorsements.

The Hynes Factor

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dan Hynes has delighted LGBT activist with his support for marriage equality, but those working hard in Springfield to get same-sex couples equal rights don't believe passage of a gay marriage bill in Illinois is in the cards — at least not within the next year.'s Amy Wooten reports.

Voting Locations and Information

For more information on voter registration in Chicago, visit or call (312) 269-7900. Cook County voters outside Chicago should visit

Click on the links below to find where you can cast your vote in the following counties:
DeKalb | Dupage | Kankakee | Kane | Lake | Lasalle | McHenry | Will | Indiana