LSC Voting

UPDATE 11.12: Please note that community members 17 years or older are eligible to vote at schools in their LSC Voting District.

UPDATE 11.11: Here's what we currently know about this year's LSC Elections- sources below.

  • Elementary School LSC Elections are Wed, Nov 18
  • High School LSC Elections are Th, Nov 19
  • In-person polls are open from 7AM - 7PM

- Parents, legal guardians, or temporary custodians should have received mail-in ballots via the mail | The info used to determine who would receive these & where they would be sent was taken from Aspen | Parents, guardians, or custodians can vote in-person instead

- Teachers & staff should have received mail-in ballots via the mail | The info used to determine who would receive these & where they would be sent was determined via the CPS Talent Office | Teachers & staff can vote in-person instead

***Newish: Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by election day to count. Nov 30 is the last day for mail-in ballots to arrive.*** 

- High school students will receive an electronic ballot from their school

- Community members can only vote in-person | Curbside voting is available | Any community member who is 17 years or older & resides in the school’s LSC Voting District may vote

Where can you VOTE in a LSC Election as a community member? Use this tool created by Josh Kalov. You’ll be surprised to see how many schools you can vote at! Many schools published candidate statements (and videos of candidate forums) on their school websites. Please do your research & VOTE in next week’s LSC Elections!

Parent & Community Voter Tips: 

  • Make sure you only mark your choices with an X. Any other mark will not be counted as a vote & might result in your entire ballot being thrown out. 
  • You can vote for up to 5 candidates- don't make more than five X's! Voting for more than 5 may result in your entire ballot being thrown out.

***Newish: Dec 1 is the deadline for LSC election judges to review, verify, & certify all mail-in & in-person ballots. Principals post the election results for their school by 5PM, Dec 1.***

Links to review, to verify the above, & to share:

Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights blog: Everything You Need to Know About Chicago's Local School Council Elections

CPS’ LSC Elections FAQ (published on or around Nov 9): English | Spanish 

Chicago Lawyers' Committee blog: CPS Agrees to Expand Voter Access in LSC Elections

Chalkbeat Chicago: LSC Election Guide

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Non-Partisan Poll Watchers for LSC Elections: Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights is seeking volunteers for November 18 and 19 to be available for non-partisan poll watching at CPS schools across the city during the Local School Council elections. Read more here.

UPDATE 11.5: Last week, the LSCs.4.All coalition (RYH is a member) sent this letter to CPS regarding LSC Elections concerns. On Wed, Nov 4, we received this letter from CPS in response. Something to note in the response letter: CPS agreed to extend the deadline for receipt of mail-in ballots to include all ballots postmarked by the election date and received within 14 days of the election. Parents and staff should be receiving mail-in ballots. Parents and staff do have the option to vote in person at schools. Community members will vote in person at schools. (CPS press release on LSC Elections from Oct 21:English|Spanish.)

UPDATE 10.29: We’re excited to share our latest toolkits designed to support CPS parents and caregivers, community and school communities through the Local School Council (LSC) election process. The aim is to consolidate useful information for your use. Let us know if you have any questions/suggestions.

Download LSC voting flyer:

 

When to vote:

  • Elementary Schools - November 18
  • High Schools - November 19

Who votes for LSC parent and community representatives:

  • Parents, legal guardians, and temporary custodians of students enrolled in the school
  • People who live within the school's voting boundary, and are at least 18 years old. Look-up LSC voting districts here.
  • You do not need to be a U.S. citizen to vote

How to vote*:

  • A parent or community member may vote for up to 5 representatives (any combination of parent and community candidates)
  • Community voters
    • "Must present at least one (1) form of identification which bears the voter's current residential address within the school’s attendance area or voting district (for "multi-area" schools) and which may be from the list below. The second form of identification may also be from the list below or any other identification determined to be reliable by the election judges"
      • Examples of Acceptable Forms of Identification: Driver’s License, State of Illinois ID, Voter Registration Card, MediPlan/Medicaid Card, IDPA Card, Permanent Resident Card, Matrícula Consular, Student ID, Public Library Card, Other Governmental Agency I.D., Current Lease, Current Utility Bill, Credit or Debit Card, Employment ID, Court Documents
  • Parent voters
    • "Must present at least one (1) form of identification or documentation which establishes that the voter is the parent, legal guardian or temporary custodian of a child enrolled in the school and which must be from the list below."
      • The forms of identification or documentation that the parent must present to establish that he or she is the parent, legal guardian or temporary custodian of a child enrolled at the school are: Student's Report Card, Student's Birth Certificate naming the voter as a parent, Court Documents naming the voter as the Legal Guardian, Illinois State Board of Education Affidavit of Enrollment and Residency previously filed with the school naming the voter as temporary custodian of a child enrolled in the school, Letter from a parent or legal guardian previously filed with the school naming the voter as Temporary Custodian of a child enrolled in the school, Tax Return for the voter identifying the student as a dependent, Other Legal Documents or Records determined to be reliable by the judges
    • The second form of identification may be from the list of "Examples of Acceptable Forms of Identification" above, from the list below or any other identification determined to be reliable by the election judges.

*page 25-26 of the LSC Election Guide

Verifying Results*

"7:00 p.m. Principal takes total number of parent, community and staff voters and, if applicable, student voters and enters totals in LSC Dashboard. After all votes cast in the parent and community election and staff polls are counted, Principal shall post the total votes for all candidates, enter all vote totals into LSC Dashboard and notify OLSCR of entries before leaving the school. High schools must also enter all student poll results."

*page 8 of the LSC Election Guide

Post-election challenges - due date tbd

Details above are drawn from the LSC Election Guide: View the full LSC Election Guide here

UPDATE 10.29: We’re excited to share our latest toolkits designed to support CPS parents and caregivers, community and school communities through the Local School Council (LSC) election process. The aim is to consolidate useful information for your use. Let us know if you have any questions/suggestions.

Updates from CPS:

  • Press release on LSC Elections, Oct 21: English | Spanish 
  • Email on candidate literature due Th, Oct 29, Noon (this is an optional part of the LSC Elections process): Screenshot
  • UPDATE 10.30: CPS email screenshot. "The deadline to submit the Candidate Literature for all parent and community representatives and for the teacher and non-teacher staff representatives has been extended to noon on November 4th. Principals will get it posted by November 6th."

Chalkbeat ChicagoFor first time, Chicago’s Local School Council election to include mail-in option | LSC Election Guide