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Video: Change the chart, Lansing (Our past is not our future)

Josh and Melanie remain hopeful in spite of discouraging voter trends

LANSING, Ill. (March 31, 2023) – “Even if all the races were uncontested [Note: they’re not], it would still be important to vote,” claims Melanie in this week’s video. And Josh reveals a chart he put together that some might be discouraged by — yet there are reasons for hope:

Change the chart — by Early Voting

The closest Early Voting locations to Lansing are the Calumet City Public Library (Cal City) and Sandridge School (Lynwood).

Calumet City Public Library
600 Manistee Avenue, Calumet City
(708) 862-6220

  • Saturday, April 1, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 2, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Monday, April 3, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Sandridge School
2950 Glenwood-Dyer Road, Lynwood
(708) 895-2450

  • Saturday, April 1, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 2, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Monday, April 3, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Change the chart – by voting on Election Day

Election Day is Tuesday, April 4. Polls open at 6 a.m. and remain open until 7 p.m. Lansing has a total of seven different polling places — six for Thornton Township residents of Lansing, and one for Bloom Township residents of Lansing:

  • First Church PCA (3134 Ridge Road) — Thornton Township Precincts 43 and 47
  • Calvin Coolidge School (17845 Henry Street) — Thornton Township Precincts 16, 51, 56, and 65
  • Lansing Public Library (2750 Indiana Avenue) — Thornton Township Precincts 18 and 68
  • Oak Glen School (2101 E. 182nd Street) — Thornton Township Precincts 19, 50, and 117
  • Lansing Police Department (2710 170th Street) — Thornton Township Precinct 17
  • Reavis School (17121 Roy Street) — Thornton Township Precinct 13
  • Bethel Church (3500 Glenwood-Lansing Road) — Bloom Township Precincts 5, 14, and 44

Registered voters can determine the precinct they live in by checking their Voter ID Card or by using the Voter Information Tool on the Cook County Clerk’s website.

On Election Day, non-registered residents can register and vote at the same time. Two forms of identification are required for those registering to vote on Election Day, or for those who need to file an address change. One of those ID documents must include a current address.

Change the chart – and build community with us

Thank you for building community with The Lansing Journal by staying informed and connected about your voting options. Email Melanie if you need a printed copy of The Lansing Journal before Election Day.

“We’re asking you to care about our community,” say Josh and Melanie. “We’re asking you to vote.”

Change the chart
Josh and Melanie are asking the local community to help change the downward trend shown in this chart.


The Lansing Journal has published information about our local races, local candidates, and local polling places in a special category on our website:

Have a video topic you’d like Josh and Melanie to discuss? They are open to suggestions. Email your ideas to [email protected], and they will both receive them.

Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.


  1. Thanks for sharing this invaluable piece of information. Knowing that Lansing has more registered voters today than before is a Blessing for those who are seeking office in 2025. They must target all the registered voters with the right message not just via the Lansing Journal, knocking on doors, and mailings. Most of whom (new registered voters) are Democrats.


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