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Added Apr 29 2014

My office and the Participatory Budgeting Leadership Committee has teamed up with Stanford University to devise a new strategy to make voting in the 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting Election more easy and accessible: DIGITAL VOTING.

We hope eventually this will lead to the ability of 49th Ward residents to vote online.

We have established a "PB49" voting website. On this website, you can familiarize yourself with the project proposals for this year's Ward 49 Participatory Budgeting votes.


Also, you can test out a new way of casting your vote online. But this new way is only a test, and you cannot cast your actual vote online.

When you cast your actual ballot, you will be deciding how you want to allocate $1 million of the ward's capital improvement budget for 2014. In order to vote, you need to come to one of the many voting sites that will be located throughout the ward. The all-community vote will be held on Saturday, May 3rd, and early voting is taking place now through Friday, May 2nd. For all times and locations, visit:

If you vote early at the 49th Ward Service Office or on Election Day itself, you'll have the option of casting your ballot using our new digital voting method.

We are very interested in your feedback. Please share your experience with the new digital voting method by replying to this post or emailing my office at

I'll see you at the polls!

  • David V. resident, voter

    `looks good, followed through well but would not let me "submit choices" (could go backwards)
    suggestion: "tally" the $ allocated on the individual vote on the side column.
    also: how to confirm Registration of individuals?
    (ie: break the old Chicago "vote often" image) ;)
    Good option!

  • DaveP been around

    I don't understand why it still made me pick 4 projects, when I voted for 100% to go to streets. So my total votes were for 1.2 million or so.

  • A lady at the early voting last Saturday said it's because all the results get aggregated, so it's not comparing individual ballots but the sum total of what everyone voted for. I don't know if I'm explaining it very well.

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward


    I'm not sure I can explain it any better, but let me give it a try.

    DaveP, don't worry if the projects you voted for add up to more than $1 million. The purpose of the voting is to ascertain which projects have the most popular support. The projects with the most votes up to the $1 million expenditure ceiling are the "winning projects" and will be submitted to the City for implementation. We're simply asking you for your top priorities. We'll do the math.

    As you know, the ballot is divided into two parts. Part 1 asks voters for their opinion on the percentage of the ward's $1 million budget that should be devoted to street resurfacing, new streetlights and sidewalk repairs. After the voting has concluded on Saturday, we will tally all the results and calculate an average. The average will determine the percentage of the ward's infrastructure budget that will devoted to those projects.

    The remaining budget percentage will be allocated to the projects that receive the most votes in Part 2 of the ballot.

    In your case, you voted to allocate 100% of the ward's budget to streets and other basic infrastructure, However, it is highly unlikely that every voter will vote the same way, so the average is likely to fall somewhere below 100%, leaving money left over for some of the other projects listed in Part 2. I want everyone's input on those projects as well, which is why we ask voters to vote for their favorite projects in Part 2 of the ballot regardless of how they voted in Part 1.

  • d3 NOH

    It's possible/normal you could exceed 1.2 million in what you're voting for as I understand it... Dave's case of 100% is the one scenario where the electronic ballot should probably throw down the gauntlet, but if you voted 90% you should still be able to vote for projects even if that exceeds 1. million since the secondary portion of ballot is only in factor after the tally of all votes on the first is averaged. Even the 100% case could be logical... Dave wants 100% of the money to go towards pothole repairs, but in reality the average may come out to be 60%, so even though Dave didn't want 40% to be used elsewhere, it still will be, so he now had say in 4 projects where that 40% went. Should he not have say just because he didn't want it done? That's kind of the one case where it would matter (100%) to debate on the intended rules of--but nothing is as straight forward as it may seem, ehh?

  • d3 NOH

    (actually I don't think that should be a case where it should throw down the gauntlet any more so than if it were a person who voted 90% and then chose 400k in alternative projects)

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    David V,

    The problem has been fixed. Go back to the website and try again.

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    David V,

    Thanks for your suggestion to tally the money expended. However, I think it may lead to the confusion that DaveP experienced. I don't want voters to mistakenly believe they have to "do the math" and only vote for projects that add up to $1 million.

    I believe your second recommendation relates to preserving the integrity of the process. Before we implement online voting in PB elections, we need to institute safeguards that prevent people from voting twice. We're working with our Stanford University advisers to design such a system.

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 55 + years

    Oops, sorry, Joe. I made sure my total, including streets/lights/sidewalks, didn't come out to more than 100%. Then I gave the same instructions to the folks whom I helped yesterday at the Howard el. My bad.

  • Reidy H General gadabout

    This is Chicago. We should be able to vote all we want.

  • NewToRp Native New to RP.

    Alderman Moore, please vote tomorrow to support Mayor Emanuel's proposal for ridesharing regulation...This commonsense proposal will modernize local law to give more choice to consumers, while ensuring important safety measures like driver background checks and car inspections.

    Please support innovation and vote to pass the Mayor's proposal so ridesharing can continue to grow in Chicago. Please and Thank You.

    LYFT!!!!! =)

  • John Versical all around nice guy

    Please share the content of Emanuel's proposal.

  • Need for a Change 20 years in Rogers Park

    OK, it is nice that this "process" has expanded to the internet, but |I again ask WHAT REPUTABLE INDEPENDENT AGENCY IS MONITORING THE COMPREHENSIVE INTEGRITY OF THIS VOTING PROCESS?

  • Need for a Change 20 years in Rogers Park

    ...and the internet application is merely a prototype.

  • LYFT is hurting the cab drivers of this city who already are barely scraping by. Not cool.

  • Need for a Change 20 years in Rogers Park

    A 35 K drinking fountain; is it solid gold? Quothe Marcellus, "Something is rotten in Denmark" on the estimates for this project, BIG TIME!!!!

  • This comment has been removed by EveryBlock staff because it is considered to be libelous.
  • William full-time stay at home dad. old and married too!

    standford university? we have plenty of secondary educational institutions right here in chicago dont we? paid for by public funds, it needs to come from tax base where you are being funded. are you getting free assistance from standford university?

  • William full-time stay at home dad. old and married too!

    you can get a new water fountain at grainger for roughly $400.. there is no existing plumbing infrastructure for it.. $35k for water fountain??? strike one

  • d3 NOH

    My feedback as it pertains to the voting project specifically would be that things like this water fountain should be discussable/debatable/have a blurb at least somewhere online, and this voting site is the perfect place for it. 35k is likely a cost estimate given by some professional, but people are right to question it since the ballot states literally that it's for "A" water fountain. And if it included more it should state such somewhere. Particularly given also that another project on the same ballot is for a 75k water feature at the same park, so if the fountain's 35k project involved infrastructure plumbing to the park itself, that project would have had that estimated into it too, and between the two of them there should be a savings if both were done, no? ...With all these comments on what the 35k fountain could be for still nobody has been able to come back here and say definitively what the scope of the project was.

  • DaveP been around

    When people are spending money that isn't theirs, there is zero incentive to make sure you get a good price.

    Gotta make sure you pay the unions and such back for their votes somehow.

  • Rob

    D3- I've told you what the scope of the project is. There is currently no plumbing in place for a fountain in any of the non-bathroom areas of the field house. To get plumbing to where it needs to go, you are going to have to go through walls of a building that was constructed probably in the 20s or 30s. You don't just drill a hole somewhere and run PVC from one place to another.

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    William, the assistance from Stanford University is offered free of charge.

  • d3 NOH

    Actually you stated 'Given the age of the building, they most likely have asbestos and lead issues they would have to deal with' --so by the use of your words 'most likely' one would assume you were speculating, like others. I'm asking for someone who actually knows to state what the actual major line item costs are.
    Presumably the most expensive line item here relates to getting the waste line where it needs to be, more so than the water supply itself. But if it's going to take 30k to run a waste line maybe they should've thought of a greener solution to deal w/ the grey water... take it outside and water something and be able to put your name on a plaque proclaiming your greenness.. or keep it inside and dump it into water plants near to the fountain.

  • d3 NOH


  • Need for a Change 20 years in Rogers Park

    so now it is appropriate it pink someone else's comment which you don't like as unneighborly merely because you don't like its content. Like I said this morning, the commentors here are displaying remarkable (lack of) maturity.

  • robin in WRP I support a 28th Amendment 4Free & Fair Elections!

    Need - you need thicker skin!

  • Need for a Change 20 years in Rogers Park

    or we need the cooperation of some immature people to conduct themselves like educated adults here to foster genuine discussion.

  • we need you to check your tone.
    (sorry guys, someone had to say it)
    NFAC, you are obviously concerned, educated and engaged...

    its not about maturity (or a lack thereof)

    its about respect.

  • Need for a Change 20 years in Rogers Park

    Please explain what you mean by "my tone" and "respect" .........

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