The polls opened at 6 a.m. this morning for voters to choose three members of each of Evanston’s two school boards.

Five candidates are running for District 65 board seats, and voters will find five names on the ballot as well for the District 202 board, although one of those candidates withdrew from the race too late to have her name removed from the ballot.

Voters still looking for information about the candidates to decide who to vote for can review Evanston Now’s Election 2011 coverage.

You can check whether you’re registered to vote and learn the location of your polling place at the county clerk’s website.

In the elementary District 65 race, the candidates are incumbents Katie Bailey and Keith Terry and challengers Eileen BuddeJ.B. Rees and Richard Rykhus.

In the high school District 202 race, the active candidates are incumbents Jane Colleton and Mark Metz and challengers Jonathan Baum and Scott Rochelle. The name of Cherie Hansen, who’s withdrawn from the race, will also be on the ballot.

In addition, three candidates — Jody Wadhwa, Eric J. Staley and Patricia N. Harada — are running for two seats on the Oakton Community College board.

The polls close at 7 p.m., and we’ll have election results this evening.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. NEW Era of Board Members!

    Let's vote in the fresh, qualified perspectives that this community so desperately deserves.

    Do not miss the opportunity to put Baum and Rochelle on the board!

  2. Policy Change – spring break not during elections

    The state sets election dates.   The School Board approves school calendars.  

    An easy policy change would be to disallow spring break overlapping with election days.   Given spring break is not tied to an religious holiday, this should be any easy one to adopt.  Certainly the schools should do everything they can to encourage voter turnout.  

    The last few elections have coincided with Spring Break.  Let's make sure that doesn't happen again.



    1. Very few school districts are on break this week

      In fact, I don't know of any others who are.  Our neighboring communities are not.  Certainly there are sizeable numbers of voters out of town during Spring Break week.  Perhaps this is just a coincidence, but the fact that election day has fallen during during break week for a while does seem a bit odd.  Just sayin'…

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