Get Involved Now!
Chicago Votes offers great ways to build some serious leadership and organizing skeelz:
If you want to dig deeper and really challenge yourself during the 2018 general election then DemocracyCorps is for you. The program begins in June 2018 and will continue through Election Day. This part-time program concentrates on building introductory to intermediate organizing skills with 10-15 young people. Fellows leave DemocracyCorps able to organize massive events, champion issues they are passionate about, and connect to other community leaders and change makers in Chicago.
Application opens April 2018.
CCJ Votes: Cook County Jail
Voter Registration, Elections, & Legislation
We are fighting for voting rights for people impacted by our criminal justice system by supporting registration and voting in Cook County Jail. After successfully reaching an agreement with jail officials to hold elections in the jails, Chicago Votes is providing voter registration, civic education, and voting assistance for incarcerated citizens in the largest county jail in the country.In addition to this local work, Chicago Votes is currently pushing a bill in the Illinois Legislature HB4469. If HB 4469 passes, this local election advocacy will make a jail an official polling location for the first time in history. In addition it will 1) Require each voter be provided with a “Know Your Voting Rights” guide upon release from the Department of Corrections, 2) Ensure that each person transitioning into the re-entry process is given a voter registration form, and 3) Require each jail in Illinois to run an election process in the jail either through absentee or establishing temporary polling locations. Sign up here!
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