VOTE

ILLINOIS

VOTER REGISTRATION

If you were born prior November 8,1998 make sure you are registered to vote. 
 

Beginning October 23rd, the quickest and most convenient means to register in Illinois is to use the Illinois' online registration

You can register to vote in person at registration locations until October 11th. 

 

THE FMYCP ENCOURAGES EARLY REGISTRATION.
 

When registering in person, you must present two forms of identification; one must include their current address. 

In order to register to vote you must be a U.S. citizen; be born on or before November 8, 1998; live in your precinct at least 30 days before the election; not be in prison/jail serving time for a conviction; and not claim the right to vote elsewhere.


Identification may include a valid Driver's license, State identification, Passport, current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck stub, or other government document containing name and address.

After October 23rd, Illinois law enables individuals to register by taking advantage of "Grace Period" Registration. Individuals registering to vote or transferring their registration during the "Grace Period," must also vote at the same time. You can take advantage of the "Grace Period" Registration at designated locations.

 

September 29th - November 8th        Election Commission Office

October 24th - November 7th             Early Voting sites in DuPage

 

DID YOU KNOW?


The Constitution Center gave some interesting facts about elections and election day.  

 

Did you know?

  1. Elections took place way before the Constitution was ratified The English in particular conducted voting soon after they landed in Virginia in the 17th Century. But not everyone could vote and not every office was up for election. But many colonies allowed white male adults who owned land to vote for legislators who served in lower assemblies.

  2. George Washington and Election Day drinking  In 1758, a young candidate in Virginia for the House of Burgesses footed a huge liquor bill to woo voters on Election Day. George Washington spent his entire campaign budget, 50 pounds, on 160 gallons of liquor served to 391 voters. Buying votes with booze was already a custom in England. Washington also was following a Virginia tradition where barrels of liquor were rolled to courthouse lawns and polling places on Election Day.

  3. We wouldn’t recognize an Election Day about 200 years ago.  Not only were eating, drinking and parading common, votes could be conducted a public voice votes. Also political parties would hand our pre-printed ballots for voters to cast, to ensure that people voted for a party ticket. It wasn’t until the 1890s that the Australian ballot, also known as the Secret Ballot, became commonly used in America.

  4. The Constitution didn’t spell out when Election Day was. The administration of elections was left up to the individual states in the Constitution, with the exception of some basic requirements for presidential and congressional candidates. So states were left to pick their own election days, including when elections for federal offices were held. But any federal election involving the Electoral College needed to be resolved by mid-December.

  5. The weather and farming dictated when elections were held. In the 1800s, the agrarian economy was an important factor, and farmers weren’t able to travel easily until the harvest was over. Also, the onset of winter conditions in areas that had winter conditions made travel a problem, so elections happened in the late fall.

  6. Election Day also wasn’t on a fixed day until the mid-19th century. Congress finally stepped in to set a uniform day for presidential elections in 1845 as the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. This was a scheme borrowed from New York state and it allowed people to observe the Sabbath, travel to vote, and return home for Wednesday, which was observed as Market Day. This was just for presidential elections every four years, but it started a trend.

  7. Election voting machines are a 20th Century innovation. The mechanical lever voting machine was patented in 1889 but it took decades for the machines to become commonplace. Jacob H. Myers built the first lever machine used in an election, back in 1892. Meyers said the devices were needed to prevent “rascaldom.”

  8. The mechanical voting machine is extinct. The classic mechanical lever voting machine was phased out by 2010 in the United States. Most votes are now conducted using electronic digital voting machines or by using paper ballots that are sometimes optically scanned.

  9. The chance of a “hanging chad” is almost extinct, too. By 2012, punch card voting machines only accounted for 0.02% of machines in used. Back in 2000, it was a problem with the chads, or the rectangular pieces of a card punched to indicate a vote, that caused problems with the presidential vote in Florida.

  10. Not all states vote on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. In years when federal elections aren’t held, not all states feel the need to have an election on a traditional Election Day. In 2015, Oklahoma, Rhode Island and Louisiana will hold elections later in the month.

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