Chicago Votes Supports Voting In Jail & HB4469

Greetings from Chicago Votes,

Please submit a witness slip as a proponent of HB4469! Help us reach our goal of 1,000 witness slips!

In the fall of 2017, Chicago Votes was asked to be the official sponsor of election activities in the Cook County Jail (CCJ). What began as one monthly voter registration drive, has grown to become the CCJ Votes program. In addition to the monthly voter registration efforts, we now coordinate in-person elections, launch civic education courses, advocate for local election administrative change, and push statewide legislation. Our ultimate goal is to increase access to the ballot for Illinois’ incarcerated population.

The Cook County Jail is one of the largest single-site county pre-detention facilities in the United States, admitting approximately 100,000 people annually and averaging a daily population of 6,000 people. While over 90% of those incarcerated in this facility have the right to vote, many of them do not know that and are missing out on their opportunity to participate.

Chicago Votes’ CCJ Votes Project aims to address this disconnect at a systematic level. Working at the intersection of organizing and advocacy to ensure that people affected by the criminal justice system know their civic rights and are able to have a voice in electing the people whose decisions most impact their lives. During the 2018 primary season, Chicago Votes coordinated voter registration drives that registered over 1,000 eligible voters and coordinated 2 days of in-person voting at the Cook County Jail that resulted in over 600 voters casting ballots.

Chicago Votes, along with over 30 House Sponsors and nearly 30 supporting organizations are working to pass House Bill 4469 (HB4469) to protect the voting rights of thousands of eligible citizens being detained in county jails across Illinois.

What can you do to help?

Witness slips are a critical piece of the legislative process. Before a bill is heard in committee, the chairperson will read who has submitted witness slips and whether they support or oppose the bill. Witness Slips help inform legislators as to where Illinoisans and organizations stand, allowing them to make informed decisions when voting. Witness slips are a great and relatively quick way to make your voice heard in state government.

Please submit a witness slip as a proponent of HB4469!

How do you submit a witness slip?

It’s easy! Click the link above, write in your info including who you represent and check yourself as a proponent of the bill, and lastly, select ‘Record of Appearance Only.’

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Stevie, Jen, Rudy, Casimiro, and the entire Chicago Votes Family