In order to increase voter access during elections, Alderman Dowell authored a resolution asking the State of Illinois to make Central Vote Centers permanent. Central Vote Centers are locations where voters are allowed to vote regardless of their precinct. So, for example, a resident living in Bronzeville can vote at a Central Vote Center located near their work in the Loop during early voting and on election day.

The Illinois General Assembly passed legislation in 2021 requiring all election authorities to establish Central Vote Centers, and extended this legislation through the 2022 General Election. However, without further action by the state, the law allowing Central Vote Centers would expire on January 1, 2023, meaning these important voter access points would be lost for the upcoming February 2023 Municipal Election.

Every Chicago resident should be able to easily vote in every election, whether it’s at their home precinct or at a convenient Central Vote Center. That is why Alderman Dowell authored this resolution asking for the law to be made permanent. The resolution passed City Council on November 4, 2022 with unanimous aldermanic support, and the support of the Chicago Board of Elections Commissioners.