Voter Engagement and Registration
ILVOTE is certified in the City of Chicago and Cook County as a bona fide State Civic Organization for voter registration purposes. In addition, ILVOTE works to increase voter awareness and promote voter turnout for every election at the federal, state and local levels. We achieve our goals by working in coalition with other grassroots partners to host forums, deputy voter registrar trainings, voter registration drives and other public events that are open to all. We encourage individuals to take initiative and do voter registration and awareness whenever possible in their daily lives. We believe that an engaged and informed electorate leads to a successful democracy.
To establish certification for ILVOTE in your jurisdiction so that you and members of your community can become deputy voter registrars through your election authority, please contact Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth at firstname.lastname@example.org 773-216-2067
ILVOTE provides extensive resources to engage with and register voters. These materials include:
- How to host a voter registration event manual
- Illinois voter registration mail in application in English and Spanish
- Election Calendar
- Voter Guides and more
Check out all our resources and information here.
Sign up for email alerts here.
See our network of ally organizations here.
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Why is Voter Engagement and Registration important?
The short answer: the more voters we register, the more voters we can turnout on Election Day. But voter registration is also about ensuring that every American can be an active participant in our democracy. To learn more about the importance of voter engagement and registration, check out this post.
How Can I Register Myself and Others Online?
Quick Response Codes
Because of the COVID19 pandemic, we encourage wearing masks and social distancing at this time. One way to help spread the word about voter registration is with our smart phones and Quick Response Codes. Using a QR app reader, scan the QR code below. You’ll be prompted to go to the Illinois State Board of Election web page to register to vote or update your voter address if you recently moved. Try it today and share with others.
Indivisible Illinois offers an online voter registration tool that you can use to do voter registration both in-person in your community and by sharing online.
I want to register voters – what resources are there? (Important Note: Please look to your local officials for up to date information about COVID19 before you plan your next in person event.)
If there’s an event or location where you’d like to do voter registration, we have a lot of support to offer. Read our guide to organizing a VR table or event by Karen Goldman. There’s a slide deck on organizing by Helen Celewicz, too.
Are you looking for additional volunteers to help you? Or have questions? Get social and join the Facebook Group Indivisible ILVOTE.
Want to connect with other ILVOTE organizers across the state to listen, learn and share best practices? Register with ILVOTE here and receive the invite for the regular monthly calls.
We have a carefully researched FAQ for organizers and registrars that will answer your questions about ways of registering people, ID for voting, rules and dates, and much more.
What about materials? We maintain an annotated resource of printable materials including registration forms, posters, commit-to-vote cards, and more.