Updated: 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.

Updated: This time around, organizers are placing a special focus on new voters, who they expect to play a pivotal role in the midterm elections. In addition to the usual guest speakers and live performances, the October march and rally will feature a new First Time Voter Experience, where new voters will be treated as VIPs. In addition to having access to elected officials and community leaders, they’ll be asked to lead the march.

A new Voter Village is also planned to run along Columbus Drive with booths for businesses, political candidates and activist organizations, including League of Women Voters of Illinois, Moms Demand Action and the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago.

“The stakes are sky-high this November,” said WMC Board President Jessica Scheller at a press conference outside Grant Park this week. “We need every single woman – from first time voters to great grandmothers – along with every single ally to take to the streets and converge on the polls. We have been practicing for months. Now it’s time to channel our outrage and energy and truly make our voices heard through our votes in greater numbers than ever before.”

“Women are organizing themselves and others to get to the polls, and October 13 is an activation point for that in Chicago,” said Jaquie Algee, WMC Board member and March On Board President, in a statement. “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 also hosted 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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