How do women manage the politics of politics?
Join us September 29 for a new and exciting State of the State event as we explore this timely topic! This year there are some big changes: new location, new day and time. This annual event will be held this year at the Arlington International Racetrack, in Arlington Heights beginning at 5:00 pm. READ MORE
Join LWVUS in Signing Voting Rights Petition
It’s been 53 years since the Voting Rights Act (VRA) was signed into law by President Johnson. And it’s been five years since the U.S. Supreme Court gutted essential provisions in the law in the decision of Shelby County v. Holder that has led to countless attacks on the voting rights of Americans. Now is the time to put those protections back in place.
LWV is a partner in a petition drive with groups including the AFL-CIO, Common Cause and Sierra Club to demand Congress protect our right to vote.
Sign the petition to protect our right to vote HERE. 100,000 signatures are needed.
Russian Hacking and the Illinois State Board of Elections
The recent federal indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officials revealed information about the hacking of the Illinois voting system in 2016. The report by the Illinois State Board of Elections (from August 2016) does not contain many details, but the latest accusations allege that the Russian agents hacked into state election boards using malware to steal voter information. This includes data such as names and emails, but votes were not impacted. READ MORE.
Local League Voter Registration Drives Making an Impact
LWV Chicago volunteers registered a whopping 658 total voters at all seven City Colleges of Chicago on August 27 and 28, the first two days of classes. They also gave out over a thousand bookmarks with election info and collected hundreds of voter pledges. 30+ volunteers took part.
Here’s the breakdown of newly-registered voters by college:
Harold Washington: 177
Malcolm X: 128
To share a voter registration success story with photo, send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Illinois Voter Guide
To help voters learn about candidates before heading to the polls, the League of Women Voters of Illinois (LWVIL) is excited to announce its launch of the Illinois Voter Guide. The guide, available at www.IllinoisVoterGuide.org, empowers voters across the state to access candidate information up and down the ballot in every precinct. Voters can find their ballot, learn about candidates, and print out their choices so they are prepared when they vote.
One of the primary complaints about low turnout in local elections is a lack of knowledge about who's on the ballot and their positions. With that in mind, the Illinois Voter Guide functions as an online voter tool to provide critical information about what's on the ballot in national, state and local elections. READ MORE.
Wear It Proudly!
Thank you to all who purchased a t-shirt in support of our Illinois Voter Guide! We sold 61 shirts and netted $570! Shirts should be printed and on their way soon.
Jean Pierce, LWVIL Board Membership/Leadership Co-Chair, and Bonnie Cox, LWVIL President, personally delivered the official "Moderator Training" certificates to these LWV-Jackson County (Carbondale and area) members during their "downstate swing" to leagues with meetings in Champaign, Edwardsville, Springfield, and Quincy in addition to Carbondale. Jan Dorner, LWVIL Voter Service Chair and Missey Wilhelm, LWV Wheaton, provided the training earlier this year.
August 2018 E-News
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