Electionland: Chicago Coverage
Electionland is a project from investigative non-profit ProPublica that covers ballot access issues preventing people from exercising their right to vote in the 2016 election. UIC Communication students will contribute to the project by posting Instagram photos and video interviews from various Chicago and suburban polling places.
Chicago: Long Lines, Short Lines and Campaign Signs
- University of Illinois Chicago communication students are talking to voters about obstacles they had in accessing and understanding ballots on Election Day. Their work is being curated here along with The Red Line Project other Chicago media outlets and are shared through a network of Electionland media outlets nationwide. ProPublica's Electionland partners include Google News Lab, Univision and the USA Today Network.
- Chicago had record turnout for early voting, leaving some polling places in the city and near-suburbs nearly empty on Election Day. The downtown Chicago polling place at 15 W. Washington St. was nearly empty at 5 p.m., just 24 hours after it was mobbed by young voters led to the polling booth by Chicago's Chance the Rapper.
- 15 W. Washington on Tuesday ...
- Same location 24 hours earlier ...
- Old St. Mary's photo via Renee Speckhart, Chicago
Some Polling Places Were Quiet on Tuesday ...
- Avery Watts, 22, is a student at UIC and dorms at TBH. He was one of the few people who registered at the Physical Education building here at UIC on Halsted and Roosevelt. I caught him before he entered the voting line and got his intake on how the registration went for him. He states that it was easier to register and vote here than it was back at his hometown of Dolton, Illinois. #vote #uic #election2016 #uicdigital
Campaign Signage at Polling Places
- Illinois state law requires 100 feet between signs and the front of the polling place. And the signs must be on public property. Some electioneers pushed the limit.