Big News

Hi Friends,

With great joy, I wanted to write to let you know that I’ll be transitioning from Chicago Votes this month for my next big thing. And I cannot express how truly fired up I am about the leadership thanking the reins. Christian, Rudy, De’Jaun, Jen and Tamara are rocking it.

I can’t believe all the things we’ve built together in just a few years:

  • We passed landmark voting rights and modernizations bills (one, two, three) and help co-founded the Just Democracy coalition, which is continuing to work to make Illinois the best state in the nation to be a voter (Automatic Voter Registration, here we come!)
  • We registered thousands of new, first time voters, tested new ways to get them out to vote and made history when it comes to youth voter turnout in Illinois.
  • We trained dozens of young leaders who are working all across this city making big things happening in their neighborhoods, on their campuses, and in lives of others.

Also, did you see the parades to the polls video? Yeah, we did that.

Christian Diaz is serving as interim Executive Director after being a Chicago Votes volunteer, Board President and the official team Bringer of Cheer. We are also excited to announce that Chicago Votes is officially mounting our search for a new Executive Director. So check out the executive director job description here and recommend folks by emailing

In the meantime, our team is making even more big plans. I can’t wait to volunteer at their next event (Pride Parade!) and donate at their next fundraiser (DemocracyCorps Graduation in August!). And you will too. ‘Cause this is all just gonna keep getting better.

It’s been wild, y’all.

Thank you.

All the Best,

Rebecca Reynolds,
(former) Executive Director ;)

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All The Election Things!

Get ready for Election Day on April 7!


Dear voter,

Here are all the juicy voting details in one place:

You’re welcome.

Chicago Votes

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The Chicago Voter Guide Is Here!

The Chicago Voter Guide


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Friends Don’t Let Friends…

…forget to register to vote.

Seriously, there’s nothing worse that having an impassioned, hours-long convo with a friend about that juicy local aldermanic race, only to learn they missed the voter registration deadline and can’t get in on the action.

Thats right y’all, today, January 27th is the last day to register to vote in the Chicago City Elections. So click here and

That means TODAY is the last big push to make sure all your friends, family and values-aligned frenemies are registered.
Also, don’t forget, if you moved, you have to re-register.

Take a moment to click on the link and then share this link with errrrbody-

But wait, there’s more!

February 1st, Chicago Votes is hosting our first ever “Superbowl Out the Vote” contest!

We need your help collecting Pledge to Vote Surveys at Superbowl parties across Chicago. These Pledge to Vote Surveys have questions about issues that matter to our generation, and asks people to rate them.

All you have to do is have everyone at whatever Superbowl party you’re attending fill out the survey and return it to Chicago Votes. Easy.

And if you participate, you’ll be entered into a random drawing to get a set of free Bulls tickets! The person who brings home the most bacon is guaranteed a pair of free Bulls tickets.

To enter the contest, contact She will give you all the goods and info.

Bulls ticket

Stay warm out there and don’t forget to get to the polls February 24th.

-Chicago Votes

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2014 To done.

2014 has been the year of awesome. Check out our “To DONE” list. Right now. Seriously. 



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Same Day Voter Registration for 2014 Primaries






This November, if you’re eligible to vote but have not registered or there’s a problem with your registration, you can still vote on Election Day.  You’ll need to go to one of the sites below in your jurisdiction between 6 am and 7 pm.

You need 2 forms of identification to register: driver’s license, state ID, or Passport, OR things like a current utility bill, bank statement, rental lease, government check, paycheck stub, or other government document. You do NOT need photo ID, but one item must show your name AND current address.

Locations for Chicago residents:

  • Chicago Board of Elections, 69 W. Washington, Lower Level Conference Room
  • MLK Community Center, 4314 S. Cottage Grove
  • Mount Greenwood Park, 3721 W. 111th St
  • West Side Learning Center, 4624 W. Madison
  • Welles Park, 2333 W. Sunnyside

Locations for Suburban Cook County residents:

North of I-290

  • Arlington Heights Village Hall- 33 S. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights
  • County Clerk’s Main Office- 69 W. Washington St., Pedway, Chicago
  • Des Plaines City Hall- 1420 Miner St., Des Plaines
  • Evanston Civic Center- 2100 Ridge Ave., Evanston
  • Hoffman Estates Village Hall- 1900 Hassell Rd., Hoffman Estates
  • Melrose Park Village Hall- 1000 N. 25th Ave., Melrose Park
  • Northbrook Village Hall- 1225 Cedar Ln., Northbrook
  • Oak Park Village Hall- 123 Madison St., Oak Park
  • Schaumburg Public Library- 130 S. Roselle Rd., Schaumburg

South of I-290

  • Calumet City Public Library- 660 Manistee Ave., Calumet City
  • Cicero Community Center- 2250 S. 49th Ave., Cicero
  • Cicero PSO Building- 5410 W. 34th St., Cicero
  • Hodgkins Village Hall- 8990 Lyons St., Hodgkins
  • Lynwood Senior Youth Center- 21490 Lincoln Hwy., Lynwood
  • Oak Forest City Hall- 15440 S. Central Ave., Oak Forest
  • Oak Lawn Village Hall- 9446 S. Raymond Ave.,Oak Lawn
  • Oakwood Recreation Center- 4450 Oakwood Ln., Matteson
  • Orland Township Hall- 14807 Ravinia Ave., Orland Park

Locations for other Illinois Residents

Call your local election authority- your county clerk or board of Election Commissioners or call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

 Have questions or problems voting? Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE to get live help on Election Day

Same Day Registration is offered on Election Day only in 2014.

We need permanent registration options on Election Day so everyone has the freedom to vote.

Visit for more information.

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Last Chance!

Remember that one time when we registered 15,000 voters (fist bump)?

Well, we aren’t done yet, you have until 11:59pm on October 7th to register to vote in Illinois! We worked super hard to pass Online Voter Registration BUT it only works if you use it. REGISTER TO VOTE – NOW!

In the last 4 months, Chicago Votes along with our coalition partners at Every Vote Counts have registered over 100,000 people to vote in the City of Chicago!

Yesterday we celebrated with a press conference, where our very own resident bada*s DeJuan Jackson spoke about young people building power. Make DJ proud and make sure your registration is updated!

Turnout for what

So we know you want to #turnoutforwhat. During the month of October and November we are going to be Getting Out the Vote and WE NEED YOUR HELP! From Early Voting Phone Parties to Trick or Vote. Click to sign up to volunteer!

Thanks and see you soon!

Perry, Rebecca, Robert & Ryan

P.S. Check out this cool video!


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Dream Job = Now.

It’s getting real at Chicago Votes HQ and we are hiring, not one, not two, but ten badasses to join our growing team family. Are you ready to dedicate yourself to building young people power and changing the face of politics in Chicago? Yes! Good.

As you prolly already know, Chicago Votes engages, inspires, and trains Chicago’s next generation of civic leaders. We work to make democracy in Illinois better, stronger and more accessible.

We’re launching our next phase of initiatives, in which we registered 25,000 voters, educated a ton of folks about issues that impact our generation, and double down for democracy.

Right now, we’re hiring a small army team of Field Organizers. Send your resume and cover letter to Ryan [at] Read on and get all the juicy job-y details.

What’s that you say? You know just the person for the gig? Great, nominate them for the job here. 

Field Organizer

Sale (1)

The Field Organizer will work with a team of organizers to register thousands of voters in Chicago throughout this Summer and Fall. The Field Organizer will execute the day-to-day civic engagement program including but not limited to voter registration, volunteer canvassing and phone calling and voter turn out efforts.

He or she will oversee the management and execution of the Chicago Votes’ nonpartisan civic engagement program, leading a 5-7 person organizer team, plus hundreds of volunteers to register 25,000 voters until the October 8th, voter registration deadline. The position requires knowledge of running street- and-event based canvassing, experience in the day-to-day management of field staff and a penchant for getting large crowds of people registered to vote.

The Field Organizer will not only get volunteers to show up, but also help them grow as community leaders and strengthen their investment in the organization. Volunteers are the core of our work. Occasional travel will be necessary to fulfill the expectations of this position. The Field Organizer won’t be tied to a desk, will meet lots of people, a

Knowledge | Skills

We’re seeking  candidates with some experience field organizing on the local, city, state or federal level and who demonstrate a commitment to face-to-face politics that includes both tradition grassroots organizing skills and cutting edge new organizing methods. Some other things we’re looking for:

  • Experience with volunteer recruitment and management
  • Event coordination & planning experience preferred
  • Proven and highly effective organizational and written/oral communication skills
  • Strong track record of setting and meeting goals
  • High energy and fun(ny) personality
  • A self-starter that can show strong initiative and work independently
  • Strong affinity for networking and building strategic relationships
  • Ability to work efficiently under tight deadlines
  • Experience with and ability to work within diverse and underrepresented communities
  • Some experience working with young voters, voter registration, or campaigns preferred
  • Willingness to work non-traditional work hours and weekends

Strong Applicants Should Be

  • Unstoppably positive, with a strong ability to motivate volunteers
  • Culturally competent and comfortable discussing race, gender, and power
  • Meticulous and detail-oriented
  • Highly organized and productive (friends have a hard time understanding how you get so much done in one day)
  • Frugal / efficient (i.e. making much happen with little)
  • Self directed *and* collaborative
  • Prepared for occasional odd and long hours.
  • Prepare to travel city-wide (frequently by public transit)
  • Committed to the idea and practice of leadership development

Relevant Software + Tools

  • Databases: Experience with VAN Voterfile. Experience with Salsa/WiredForChange ideal but not required.
  • Collaboration tools: Wikis, Google Groups, Google Apps, Doodle
  • MS Office (particularly Excel)
  • Online Tools : Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Tumblr


Salary for each position is commensurate with experience and skills.

To Apply

Send resume and cover letter to Ryan [at] Please put the name of the position you are applying for in the subject line. All applications must be submitted electronically in pdf format. No phone calls, please. References and writing samples should be available upon request. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Chicago Votes supports and fosters leadership from underrepresented communities. We strongly encourage folks from immigrant communities and communities of color, as well as those who identify as women, LGBTQ or working class, to apply.

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111 Days!

The weather is not the only reason we have the summer on our mind here at Chicago Votes. DemocracyCorps is only 111 days away!


We can see it now–Union Park, festival tents, hundreds of unsuspecting un-registered voters, and then boom. DemocracyCorps fellows to the rescue with clipboards, shades and a passion for people-powered politics.

That’s right, throw your hands up, the DemocracyCorps Fellowship is back!

Highfiving a million angels! Raise your hands if you want to apply.

What’s DemocracyCorps?
The Fellowship is a 10-week organizing and leadership development program for emerging leaders (like you, [[First_Name]]!) Fellows spend a summer learning from community leaders and political experts, immersing themselves in Chicago life, and making tons of new friends and allies in the process. Can it get any better? No. No, it cannot.

If this is the summer you always been waiting for, apply today!

Who are DemocracyCorps fellows?
Fellows are 20-24 year old new leaders, hungry to make their voices heard in our city and ready for a transformative summer of hard work and hands-on democracy.  Our Fellows are creative self-starters and architects of their summer experience. They have a passion for people and are fired up for democracy (without actually starting fires. Rule #1: no fires.)

Deep in thought.

Focused, fired up, making some change. 

Do you know a young boss who sounds just right for the Fellowship? Nominate a fellow here.

What is DemocracyCorps again?
We went over this already! Ok, so fellows spend the summer knock doors, canvassing at music festivals, and community organizing. They’re registering thousands of new voters and building support for an issue young people care about. They will spend summertime Chi writing a whole new chapter of democracy in our city.

Students of Democracy

Apply now! Spots are filling up. 

For errbody else, help spread the word. Share/tweet/pin/snap… to help us find the next class of fabulous Fellows!

Ok, let’s review:

Got it? Good- you’re the best. Here’s a summer present for your efforts. 


The Chicago Votes team – Antonio, Carolyn & Rebecca

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<3 Voting?

Hey friend!

We know you love democracy as much as we do, and are psyched for the Illinois Primary Election Tuesday, March 18th–but did you know that the deadline to register to vote in that election is tomorrow – Tuesday, February 18th? True story.

If you register to vote before this election, make sure your form is postmarked by tomorrow, for real.

There are a couple things that always trip people up. Like if you move to a new crib or if someone put a ring on it, and you’re last name has changed, you have to re-register.

The good news is there is no need to go to an office or wait in line. Just click this bad boy to fill out a form, print it and drop it in the mail. Boom. Registered.

It has to be postmarked Tuesday, Feb 18th, so get on this post haste (adverb: with great speed or immediacy.)

And remember, sharing is caring. If you are already registered to vote at your current address, you do not need to re-register, but please show some democracy love and forward this notice to ALL YOUR FRIENDS.

And, to stay updated on all things Illinois Democracy like” Chicago Votes on facebook. We promise newsworthy democracy updates, lots of silly memes and Chicago Votes Action Updates.

Democracy Love,

The Chicago Votes Team

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