Today early voting started in Illinois’ various primary elections. Aside from the Democrats and Republicans, the Green Party is ballot qualified and will be having primaries for various seats. This includes congressional candidate Matt Reichel, who got about seven percent of the vote as the party’s nominee in a special congressional election in 2009, and is currently running in a primary for the same seat against Andrew Williams and Terrence A. Gilhooly. Reichel sent the following message to his supporters today:
As the old Chicago saying goes, “Vote Early and Often!”
You can now participate in early voting without an excuse, and we are encouraging you to get out there and cast your vote early so that you can spend the next few weeks convincing as many friends as possible to join you in taking the courageous step of asking for a “Green Ballot.”
Click here for early voting locations and hours.
We also need help organizing the last few weeks of phone banking, yard sign decoration and getting out the vote.
If you would like to help make calls or put up a yard sign, please respond to this message, or call 773-961-8257.
You can also attend this week’s organizing meeting, Wednesday, Jan 13th, at the Daily Bar and Grill, 4560 N. Lincoln Avenue.
If you can’t help with your time, we could also use one last financial push to cover the costs of our ambitious Get Out the Vote drive, which will include phone banking, newspaper ads, potential radio ads, and aggressive flyering. We want to see record numbers of Green primary ballots taken between now and February 2nd.
You can donate by clicking here and then clicking donate. Please consider donating $20, 50, 100 or even 200 today.
I thank you for your continued support and look forward to joining in celebration of victory on February 2nd.
Other contested Green primaries include (but are not limited to, since it is cumbersome to assemble and difficult to find a lot of local election information online) the following:
- Anthony W. Williams and Michael E. Mayden in the 2nd congressional district
- Simon Ribeiro (who previsouly ran against Matt Reichel in a 2009 primary) and Morris “Moe” Shanfield in the 9th congressional district
- Alejandro Reyes and Alex Matos for Cook County Commissioner, District 16
- Richard Dalka and Matthew J. Ogean for Cook County Commissioner, District 17