Chicago Public Square voter guide: Pandemic edition

Don’t vote in ignorance. Chicago Public Square is here to help:

Be ready.
Register—up to and including Election Day—in Chicago, suburban Cook County or anywhere else in the U.S.
A customized ballot with all the decisions you’ll face in suburban Cook County or Chicago.
Outside Cook County? Learn more at your county’s website: DuPage, Lake, Will, Kane, McHenry, Kendall …
… or from the Illinois State Board of Elections.
The Washington Post’s guide: How to vote in any state.
The ACLU: How to vote by mail in every state …
… but (as of Oct. 28) it’s basically too late to drop your ballot in a mailbox.
Ordered a mail ballot and then decided to vote in person? Here’s what to do in every state.

Be smart.
Every item and race on your ballot, explained: BallotReady and Ballotpedia.
Endorsements from the Sun-Times and the Tribune.
Bar associations’ ratings of judicial candidates in Cook County (link corrected).*

Do it.
Where to drop off mail-in ballots securely in Chicago and suburban Cook County.
Applied for a mail-in ballot? Check its status here (Cook County) or here (Chicago).
Where to vote early in Chicago and suburban Cook County.
Cook County’s “Early Voting Wait Time Viewer” monitors traffic at the county’s 52 such sites.
Where to vote Election Day in Chicago and the Cook County suburbs.
An ACLU guide to your voting rights in Illinois and nationwide.
Consumer Reports: How to vote safely in-person.
A Late Show with Stephen Colbert state-by-state guide, “Better Know a Ballot.”

Go beyond.
How to be an election judge in Cook County and Chicago.
Be informed for every election. Sign up for Chicago Public Square email, sent to your inbox (free!) weekday mornings at 10.
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(Cartoon: Keith J. Taylor.)

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* One of whom is married to Chicago Public Square’s publisher.

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