Democratic Congressional candidates and were among the first to vote for a nominee of their party to oppose in the March 20 primary when they cast their ballots Monday on the first day of early voting.
“This is the second most exciting time I’ve ever voted except 1980 when I voted for the first time,” Schneider, a management consultant, said. “This is the first time I’ve personally known everyone on the ballot. I’ve met every one of them,” he added of all Democratic candidates.
As Sheyman, a community organizer from Waukegan voted he thought about the people in need he hopes to serve like members of the military and those to whom he wants to bring a more secure life.
“I thought of the 24 million unemployed Americans and the millions more across our communities facing the fear of always being one accident away from losing their economic security” Sheyman said.
Sheyman and Schneider are in a four-way primary with and with the winner earning the right to oppose Dold in the Nov. 6 general election.
Deerfield residents can vote at the between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. through 2 p.m. on Saturday. After early voting closes at 4:30 p.m. March 15, in person absentee balloting will take place at the same location during the same times March 16, 17 and 19.
For any questions about voting locations or times, the Lake County Clerk’s website has an interactive feature to help, according to Lake County Clerk Willard Helander.
Schneider, a Deerfield resident who cast his ballot in Highland Park, represents a quirk in the early selection procedure that almost always puts a person voting in their home municipality rather than their local township, according to Helander.
The boundary between Moraine and West Deerfield Townships runs through the home of Schneider and his wife, Julie Dann.
“There was a court case that came down on that,” Helander said. “When your home lies in two townships, you vote where the bedroom is,” she said.