Tomorrow is the voters chance to seek change in the 2nd District. Forecasters are calling for 3-5 inches of sno .and the special election falls at an off time. Will people go to the polls?
That is the big question. 18 candidates, 4 of them republicans, are on the ballot to replace disgraced former politician Jesse Jackson Jr.
Today, his name but a memory as candidates shook hands, placed calls and campaign in the primary.
But the pattern of fallen politicians like Jackson and his predecessor Mel Reynolds is only one challenge. Low voter turnout in an off election year can be a terrible trend. 2009′s special election that ultimately put Mike Quigley in office did so with only an 11% voter turnout. And while the sun shined brightly on the 2nd District today, 3-5 inches of snow could be an additional aggravator on Election Day.
14 Democrats and 4 Republicans will appear on the ballot.
The Democratic contenders include Kelly, Halvorson, Beale, Ernest Fenton, Victor Jonathan, Larry Pickens, Joyce Washington, Rev. Anthony Williams, Fatimah Muhammad, Clifford Eagleton, Mel Reynolds, Charles Rayburn, John Blythe and Gregory Haynes.
On the Republican side: Beverly Reid, Lenny McAllister, Paul McKinley and Eric Wallace.
Polls open at open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.