The Sample Ballot for the 49th Ward Particpatory Budgeting Election is now available. Download a copy here:
You may also pick up a copy of the Sample Ballot at my 49th Ward Service Office, 7356 N. Greenview, during regular business hours.
Don’t forget to vote on Saturday, May 7th, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Chicago Math and Science Academy, 7212 N. Clark. Please bring proof of residency (e.g., driver’s license, state ID, signed lease, etc.).
Out of town or working that day? Vote early at the 49th Ward Service Office, 7356 N. Greenview, beginning Monday, May 2nd. The office will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (open until 7 p.m. on Wednesday).
This is the second year of my “participatory budgeting process” in which I give residents of the 49th Ward the power to determine by direct vote how to spend the ward’s $1 million infrastructure budget. The election is open to ALL 49th Ward residents, 16 years of age and older. You do not have to be a registered voter or a U.S. citizen to vote in this election. All that is required is proof that you live in the 49th Ward.
This year you will be asked to vote on two separate ballot questions. First, you will be asked to vote on the percentage of the ward infrastructure ballot that you believe should be devoted exclusively to street resurfacing. Second you will be asked to vote on how the remainder of the ward’s infrastructure ballot should be allocated. You will be given six votes to choose among 21 project proposals that were designed by scores of neighborhood volunteers over six months of deliberations.
I will submit the projects that win the most votes, up to $1 million, to the City of Chicago and its sister agencies for implementation.
If you have any questions about the process or the projects proposed, please contact my Participatory Budgeting Coordinator, Luis Klein, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-338-5796.
I look forward to seeing you on Election Day!