Second Chicago Women's March to the Polls to be Held Oct. 13

Chicago Women's March to the Polls 2018

Women’s March Chicago (WMC) has announced plans for a March to the Polls on Oct. 13 as a follow-up to January’s demonstration and a celebration of first-time voters.

And when they say “March to the Polls,” they mean it: The event is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. with a rally in Grant Park, followed by a march to Federal Plaza, and on to a Chicago Board of Elections early voting site. Early voting in Chicago runs from Sept. 27 to Nov. 5.

The rally is set to include guest speakers, live performances, and a new sponsor village area, where participants can meet candidates and sponsors. Organizers say the event is a way to build momentum heading into the General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

“We know that hundreds of thousands of women and their allies are excited and energized to vote this fall, and the October march will enable us to come together and harness this energy and excitement and turn it into action,” said Jaquie Algee, WMC Board member and March On Board President, in a statement. “Women are organizing themselves and others to get to the polls, and October 13 is an activation point for that in Chicago. WMC plans for this event to be particularly special for those who are voting for the very first time, at a time when every vote is critical.”
 
WMC is also hosting a free event, Community Matters – a celebration of YOU!, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N. State St.
 
The Chicago Women’s March drew more than 250,000 participants in January 2017 and an estimated 300,000 in January 2018.
 

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Photo from the January 2018 Women’s March by Katelyn Metzger.

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