Polling places for five precincts in Evanston will be in new locations for next Tuesday’s election.

Cook County Clerk David Orr’s office has announced that three precincts that previously voted at the Unitarian Church at 1330 Ridge Ave. will be voting instead at Beth Emet The Free Synagogue. Those are Precinct 2 in the 2nd Ward and Precincts 4 and 6 in the 4th Ward.

In addition two precincts that prevoiusly voted at the Bahai National Center, 1233 Central St., will instead cast ballots at Haven Middle School, 2417 Prairie Ave. Those are precincts 2 and 7 in the 7th Ward.

The clerk’s office says postcards are being mailed to affected households to remind them of the change.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. A one-time move?

    At least for many who voted at the Bahai, this is a big move. People at least at Isabella and Asbury [I don't know about east of there] now have to go to Greenbay and Lincoln. A lot fewer people will go for this election for which I suspect many don't have that strong view on the candidates. For even a major election or referendum, still a low turnout would be expected. If the Bahai is not available the firestation [I think used once years ago] or Chandler [which is also a voting place] would attract more votes but still dissuade a significant number. I've heard no reason for the move and asked a Bahai employee but have not heard back.

  2. Why move polling places?
    The changes in polling places surprise me, too. The W7P7 polling place could easily be moved to Chandler, which used to be the site for two precincts, but now only one. Chandler is also convenient to the Central St. “L” stop. I suppose W7P2 is not that far away from Haven, but having four precincts vote there makes for a crowd, even for a low-turnout election.

    Meanwhile, the polling places at NU are deader than a doornail on election day, yet get a full compliment of machines and judges. Why aren’t they consolidated elsewhere? I wonder what our local elected officials think of these moves?

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