Submitted by the League of Women Voters of the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff area
As part of National Voter Registration Day, the League of Women Voters – Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Area is hosting a voter registration drive on Tuesday, Sept. 23. Volunteers will be at the west Lake Forest Metra train station, 911 S. Telegraph Road from 6 to 8 AM and again 4 to 6 PM. Deputy registrars will help people register to vote and/or update their voter registration if they have moved or changed names.
The National Voter Registration Day is a day of action for the League and many other groups around the country to register as many eligible voters on a single day. First started for the 2012 presidential election, National Voter Registration Day has become a 50-state event when thousands of organizations and volunteers make sure that family, friends, and neighbors are registered to vote.
But why vote in 2014? 471 congressional seats, 36 governors, and 46 state legislatures are among the many decisions on the ballots in this year’s midterm elections. As a non-partisan coalition of organizations, National Voter Registration Day is the perfect opportunity to get involved no matter what party you support or which issues matter most to you.
“Voter registration is the front door to voting and participating in U.S. elections,” said Liz Bradner, League of Women Voters of Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Area Co-President. “Research shows that the majority of eligible voters that register, turn out to vote. And with so much at stake this year in Illinois, we want to help as many people as possible get registered to vote in time for Election Day.”
To register to vote you must:
- Be a United States citizen
- Be at least 18 years of age on or before the next election (17 year olds may register and vote in even-year primaries if 18th birthday occurs before date of general election)
- Live in your election precinct at least 30 days immediately prior to an election
- Not be convicted and in jail
- Not claim the right to vote anywhere else
Two forms of identification are required to register through a deputy registrar:
- At least one of the two forms must show your name and current address,
- Only one form of identification may be a piece of mail for a contractual service addressed and delivered to you.
“All of us are equal on Election Day, but only if we register and show up to vote—and encourage our friends and family to do the same,” Bradner concluded.
For more information about the League of Women Voters, please visit www.lwv-lflb.org or contact 847-234-1612.
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The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy thorough education and advocacy. Membership is open to men and women of all ages. With 800 affiliates across the county, the League is one of the nation’s most trusted organizations.