By Zack Luck
Here in America’s Third Second City, Election Day is less than two months away. You heard that right, no primary, just straight to an election (with some unusual procedures) on the third Tuesday in February. This is Chicago’s very own way of saying “you thought just having Elections on Tuesday was anti-democratic, we’re going to go one further, and pick a Tuesday with literally freezing average temperatures.”
The election (rather than a primary) is in February for at least some good reasons. As the Chicago Tribune explained, in the 1990s Chicago created a non-partisan run-off system, getting rid of the primaries all together. If one candidate gets a majority in February’s election, then there is no runoff; if not, then the top two candidates face off on April 5th. Getting rid of the primaries was likely a smart move since Chicago’s last Republican mayor once offered to stump for Calvin Coolidge and the last Republican candidate to run against Daley took home just 2.8 percent of the vote.