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Plan Your Vote

Register to vote or check your voter registration

If you aren’t registered, there’s no time like the present. If you are registered, double check it because…

Each year, an estimated 30+ million Americans move. Whether you have moved across the country or down the street, be sure to update your voter registration TODAY!

If your name/signature have changed since you registered to vote you will also need to update your registration.

Confirm your voter registration or register to vote at the Illinois State Board of Elections website.

Sign up via Ballot Z or Commit to Vote today and we will send you important updates and reminders so you don’t forget.

Get Involved: Learn how to register others with ILVOTE.

Make a plan to vote

Ensuring your right to vote can take a bit of work. It only takes a few minutes and will ensure that your vote counts.

Option 1: Mail in voting

The safest way to vote in Illinois is Vote By Mail. Receive your ballot in the mail then take your time to review it and research the candidates. When you are ready, fill it out and return it. If you cannot return it yourself, you can sign the envelope authorizing a designated person to return it for you.

Mail in ballots can be returned postage free to a secure designated Ballot Drop Box or your local election office. You may also use proper postage and return it early via USPS.

Even those who intend to vote at the polls should consider requesting a mail-in ballot. The mail-in ballot can be exchanged for an in-person ballot if all goes well, but it serves as a backup plan in case problems arise.

  • Earliest day to apply: 90 days before Election Day
  • Request deadline (online): 5 days before Election Day
  • Request deadline (by mail): Received 5 days before Election Day
  • Request deadline (in person): 1 day before Election Day
  • Deadline to return your ballot (by mail): Postmarked by Election Day
  • Deadline to return your ballot (in person): Received by Election Day

Mail in ballot applications for the 2022 general election can be requested starting August 10, 2022. For jurisdiction specific links and information click here.

The last day to request a mail in ballot for the 2022 general election is November 3, 2022.

— NEW IN 2022 — Permanent Vote By Mail
A recent Illinois law change allows voters to request permanent mail in ballots, that will automatically be delivered every election. As long as you reside within the same city/county and properly report your change of address then the permanent mail in ballot should follow you if you move. If you move to another city/county then you will need to re-apply for permanent vote by mail.

Get Involved: Join our Vote By Mail Taskforce.

Option 2: Early voting
Early voting for the 2022 general election begins on September 29, 2022.

Early voting is significantly less risky than Election Day voting, but you may still have to stand in line or come back another day. Expect long lines.

Voters who need assistance should call ahead and arrange for curbside voting, etc.

If you received a mail-in ballot but prefer to vote in person, take the mail-in ballot with you to the polls so they can properly void it.

Option 3: Go to the polls on Election Day
General Election Day is November 8, 2022.

Need help finding your county of residence? Check out the Illinois State Board of Elections website.

If you encounter any problems while voting and need assistance Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)!

Election Protection Hotlines

Understanding Your Ballot

Offices on the ballot

In even numbered years, Illinois ballots include candidates for federal and statewide offices, state senator and state representatives, judges, and multi-County School offices. Candidates for established parties file for the primary election. Independent and new party candidates file for the general election.

Ballots in 2022 will include:

  • US Senate – Tammy Duckworth (D – Incumbent) v Kathy Salvi (R) v Bill Redpath (L) v Connor Vlakancic (National Union Party)
  • US Congress
    • IL01 – Jonathan Jackson  (D) v Eric Carlson  (R)
    • IL02 – Robin Kelly  (D – Incumbent) v Thomas Lynch  (R)
    • IL03 – Delia Ramirez (D) v Justin Burau (R)
    • IL04 – Jesus Garcia (D – Incumbent) v James Falakos (R)
    • IL05 – Mike Quigley (D – Incumbent) v Tom Hanson (R) v Jerico Matias Cruz (Ind)
    • IL06 – Sean Casten (D – Incumbent) v Keith Pekau (R)
    • IL07 – Danny K. Davis (D – Incumbent)
    • IL08 – Raja Krishnamoorthi (D – Incumbent) v Chris Dargis (R) v Mohammed Faheem (Ind)
    • IL09 – Jan Schakowsky (D – Incumbent) v Max Rice (R)
    • IL10 – Brad Schneider (D – Incumbent) v Joseph Severino (R)
    • IL11 – Bill Foster (D – Incumbent) v Catalina Lauf (R)
    • IL12 – Mike Bost (R – Incumbent) v Homer Markel (D)
    • IL13 – Nikki Budzinski (D) v Regan Deering (R)
    • IL14 – Lauren Underwood (D – Incumbent) v Scott Gryder (R) v Barry Wilson (Ind)
    • IL15 – Mary Miller (R – Incumbent) v Paul Lange (D)
    • IL16 – Darin LaHood (R – Incumbent) v Bradley Horges Jr. (Ind)
    • IL17 – Eric Sorensen (D) v Esther Joy King (R)
  • IL Governor – J.B. Pritzker (D – Incumbent) v Darren Bailey (R)
  • IL Lieutenant Governor – Juliana Straton (D – Incumbent) v Stephanie Trussell (R)
  • IL Attorney General – Kwame Raoul (D – Incumbent) v Thomas DeVore (R)
  • IL Secretary of State – Alexi Giannoulias (D) v Dan Brady (R)
  • IL Comptroller – Susana Mendoza (D – Incumbent) v Shannon Teresi (R)
  • IL Treasurer – Mike Frerich (D – Incumbent) v Tom Demmer (R)
  • IL State Senate – All Seats
  • IL State House of Representatives – All Seats
  • IL Judicial Elections
  • County Elections – Multiple positions in Cook and other counties, including positions such as: Assessor, Clerk, Sheriff, Board of Commissioners, Board of Review, Water Reclamation District Board, Circuit Court

Redistricting following the 2020 census

Redistricting means that some of your elected officials may have changed since the 2020 election.

Find your representatives: By Address | By Map

Ballot resources

Discover what is on your ballot: Ballotpedia, BallotReady

Elections news: Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Tribune

Judicial Voter Guides (Cook County): Vote For Judges, Injustice Watch

Elections Blog

Watch Indivisible Rural Illinois’ Zoom Meeting on Winning Elections in Traditionally Rural Illinois

Five Downstate Candidates Discuss How to Win Elections in Traditionally Rural Illinois

Indivisible Rural Illinois, on  August 3, hosted four rural Democrats from the Metro East area plus the first-time Congressional candidate for IL-13 at the weekly Indivisible Illinois Community Collaborative meeting to discuss how to win in traditionally Rural Illinois. They are State Senator Chris Belt, representing the 57th Senate District; State Senator Kris Tharp, representing the 56th Senate District; State Rep. Jay Hoffmann, representing the 113th State House District; State Rep. LaToya Greenwood, representing the 114th State House District; and Nikki Budzinski, a first-time candidate in the newly drawn IL-13, which covers a swath of Rural Illinois from Champaign County to Metro East. Hear how they’ve managed to run and win, and plan to do it again, despite the wide swaths of Red in Rural Illinois. https://bit.ly/3BUhYNQ

2022 Low Wage Workers and Moral March on Washington DC – A Note From the Frontlines by Jessica Motsinger

I was honored to be one of 36 State Campaign Organizers hired around the Nation by The Repairers of the Breach. Their goal was to mobilize and organize Illinois and other States to get folks out to the Low Wage Workers and Moral March on Washington DC on June 18th. I was honored to work with Illinois Poor People’s Campaign and some fantastic organizers and activists in Illinois and the surrounding states. With the help of friends, allies, and organizers, we signed up 45 people from Southern Illinois! Indivisible Metro East sent some members to the March, Illinois showed up and showed out! Making so many new connections with many different organizers and activists were terrific. We worked hard together and built a strong camaraderie to help organize and mobilize our people to the polls this November!

 -Forward Together, Not One Step Back.

Jessica Motsinger is the founder and coordinator of Indivisible Metro East, Co-coordinator for the Indivisible Illinois Connecting for Action Statewide Newsletter and a Co-coordinator with Indivisible Rural Illinois. She is also a member of Common Defense, the largest grassroots membership organization of progressive veterans standing up for communities against the rising tide of racism, hate, and violence.

All photos below courtesy Jessica Motsinger.

Photo above: left to right: Carlos Rodriguez (Illinois Poor People’s Campaign), Daisy Carter (Sunrise Movement, KY), Michael Stinson (Illinois Poor People’s Campaign) and Jessica Motsinger

The Vote-by-Mail Taskforce hosts the next Indivisible Illinois Community Collaborative presented by Courts Matter Illinois Wed. July 6, 2022 at 7:30pm – 9pm CDT

Courts Matter to Voting Rights & Protection

A Program to increase Awareness and Understanding of the Fundamental Right to Vote and How it Relates to Our Judicial System

 

The overturning of Roe vs Wade despite the leak of the draft opinion was a stunning occurrence with the reverberations still being felt today.  How did this happen?  We know that it was decades in the making. The creation of the Federalist Society and massive amounts of investments are just part of the story.  The change in our judicial system toward a more conservative slant appears prevalent at all levels from appellate to circuit to the highest court in the land.  Where do we go from here? How do we start? The VBM Taskforce is proud to host a presentation by Courts Matter IL to give us a deep dive into our judiciary system.  In order to return power to the people, we must understand how the fundamental right to vote is tied to our Courts.  We welcome you to join us to increase our understanding and harness that power to fight for our voting rights, reproductive freedom and gun violence prevention.  

 



Join IISJA and NWSOFA at noon CDT on Sat., June 25th as we partner with Field Team 6, Indivisible Milwaukee and Michigan Democrats to promote massive voter registration in IL, WI and MI with a focus on registering LGBTQ+ voters.

Field Team 6 identifies unregistered voters, likely Democrats, especially those who identify as LGBTQ+ or are strong allies. When we reach out and help LGBTQ+ voters register and vote, they can shift the balance in their state to make sure every LGBTQ+ person can live openly and freely.

  • Statistically, 1 in 5 LGBTQ+ folks are eligible but not registered to vote.
  • In 2016, 1 in 5 of those registered voters did not vote in the election.
  • In 2020 turnout was nearly 90%, among registered queer voters, with 81% voting for Biden.

We will not give up until ALL Americans have access to the ballot box. Massive voter registration needs to happen before Midterm elections. Working together – we will get the job done.

Please join us at 11:55 AM CDT on Sat., June 25th for the noon start and learn how YOU can help!

Signup link: https://bit.ly/IISJA_VR_LGBTQ_plus

Team Illinois Weekly Phonebank to Wisconsin

 

JOIN THE VBM TASKFORCE AND WISDEMS ON THURSDAYS AT 5:30PM CDT FOR WEEKLY PHONEBANKS TO THE SWING STATE OF WISCONSIN!

Wisconsin is one of only a few “swing states” in the country where elections always come down to a handful of votes. This year may be no different with crucial elections for U.S. Senate and Governor and other important races up and down the ballot. As the Midterms approach and in light of Republican efforts in Washington and Wisconsin to strip away fundamental rights and freedoms and to tamper with the election process itself, it is crucial that we get as many Democrat-leaning Wisconsinites out to vote as possible.

In a recent election, over 90% of Wisconsin voters who requested mail-in ballots actually voted! And so, we are calling into Wisconsin to reach out to infrequent voters (who we believe lean Democratic) to help them request absentee ballots for the rest of the year.

Please join us for this important work! The phone bank will be from 6:00-8:00pm Central Time, with training for newer volunteers or anyone who needs a refresher at 5:30pm. Even if you cannot make the entire session, please join us for whatever time you have!

Find out more and signuphttps://act.indivisible.org/event/local-actions/166503

 

Win Our Future with Anat Shenker-Osorio June 22, 2022 at 5pm CT

Win Our Future with Anat Shenker-Osorio
Join us on June 22 for Words to Win Our Future, when Anat Shenker-Osorio teaches us how to deliver messages that inspire people to vote for our hopeful  vision for the future, expose the opposition’s unrelenting dog whistles, and defuse their attacks on good, effective government. The more we learn how to message, the stronger progressives & liberals in Michigan and around the nation will be. This virtual event is free and open to the public.
Date:  June 22 from 5:00 – 6:30pm CT / 6:00 – 7:30 pm ET

Facebook event link: https://fb.me/e/38nDGWLVr
Zoom registration link: https://tinyurl.com/ASO-MI2022
Event Hashtags:  #WeMakeMichigan #WeMakeTheFuture

Indivisible IL9 Proudly Endorses Democrat Kina Collins for U.S. Congress IL7

Indivisible IL9 Proudly Endorses Kina Collins

The 7th District of Illinois is the 5th most progressive district in the country. That means that we should have a representative for that district who is willing to swing for the fences for true progressive change.

Kina is a fellow activist who has channeled that energy into action right here in Illinois, particularly around gun violence prevention and healthcare reform. In 2018, she took on state Republican leaders to pass the Illinois Council on Women and Girls Act and she is a fierce advocate for reproductive rights.


Join us for a fundraiser and meet and greet with Kina on June 2!

Indivisible IL9 will be hosting a fundraiser and meet and greet with Kina on June 2 from 7-9pm. RSVP here for exact location in Andersonville.


ABOUT KINA

Kina Collins was born and raised on the Westside of Chicago, and is the daughter of two union parents. When she was 8 years old she witnessed a shooting murder in front of her house. She knew the victim and she knew the shooter. Since then she has devoted her life to advocating for her community. Kina is the co-author of the Illinois Council on Women and Girls Act, legislation that she successfully passed with a Republican governor in office. Most recently Kina was the executive director of the largest gun violence prevention non-profit in Illinois. 

Kina is endorsed by Justice Democrats, Indivisible, Way To Lead, Peace Action, National Organization for Women, People’s Lobby, Sunrise Chicago as well as over 20 other local organizations and leaders. In 2020, she came in second to Congressman Danny Davis. This time around, Kina outraised Congressman Davis nearly 2 to 1 in her first quarter. She has the team and the support to win this race, but Danny Davis has called in every corporate favor he can find and he has come close to catching up. Kina needs our help to take on the Chicago machine and every special interest that wants things exactly as they are.

 

ABOUT IL-7

IL-07 is primarily in the City of Chicago, and is one of the safest democratic districts in the United States. Over the last 25 years, it has also become one of the most unequal. In downtown Chicago the life expectancy is 90 years, while on the Southside, in Englewood, it is just 60. Same district, different world. 

IL-7 is majority voters of color, and close to 45% Black. It stretches from Downtown Chicago, through the Westside of Chicago, and out to western suburbs. It also includes a portion of the Southside of Chicago. Cook PVI rates the district as D+38. 

 

ABOUT KINA’S OPPONENT

Danny Davis has been the Congressman for IL-7 since 1996. Under his leadership, large portions of the district have been left behind, and a gun violence epidemic has exploded. In 2020 Davis missed the third most votes of any Democrat in the IL delegation, and his campaign was 73% funded by Corporate PACs (the third highest of any Democrat). In the last year, he has given one high profile interview, and it was to defend R. Kelly after he was convicted of federal sex crimes. He is a representative who is at best, missing in action, and at worst, bought by corporations, and deeply out of touch with the people he is supposed to be representing.

 

LAUNCH VIDEO:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2P8_aiMEv7Q

 

PRESS

CNN: Anti-gun-violence activist Kina Collins announces primary challenge to Illinois Democrat Danny Davis

The Hill: Five Democrats the left plans to target

AP News: Chicago activists want federal charges for Jason Van Dyke

The Young Turks: Chicago Progressive Running On Gun Violence Prevention Platform

Washington Post: Democratic tensions surface as House incumbents plan defense against far-left primary challengers

Chicago Defender: Primary Challenger Kina Collins more than Doubles Rep. Danny Davis Q2 Haul

Huffington Post: Rahm Emanuel’s Confirmation Hearing Falls On Laquan McDonald’s Death Anniversary 

USA Today: Op-Ed: Congress must vote down Biden’s misguided nomination of Rahm Emanuel

ABC News: White House defends Rahm Emanuel’s ambassadorial nomination against liberal backlash 

 

FOR MORE INFO VISIT: 

https://kinacollins.com

https://twitter.com/kinacollinsil/


Indivisible IL9 Andersonville-Edgewater is a diverse group of concerned residents and allies of the Illinois 9th Congressional District, working strategically to ensure justice for all. Indivisible IL9 is a part of a national network that aligns with the movement following the Indivisible Guide. We believe that a successful democracy depends on an informed and engaged constituency. We value Diversity; Equity and Inclusion; Respect and Non-violence.

Our Organizing Statement

“We are Chicagoland residents and allies who are pursuing a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive society by organizing in support for (or against) policies and candidates to achieve economic and social justice.”

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