Voter Engagement and Registration
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Why is Voter Engagement and Registration important?
The short answer: the more voters we register, the more voters we can turnout on Election Day. But voter registration is also about ensuring that every American can be an active participant in our democracy. To learn more about the importance of voter engagement and registration, check out this post.
Make a plan to vote then help others do the same. Go to https://www.indivisibleillinois.org/virus-free-voting/ for all the information you need in 2020.
How Can I Register Myself and Others Safely and Online?
One way to register yourself and others is online by using TurboVote at indivisibleil.turbovote.org. Below is an overview. See a step by step guide on how to use TurboVote here.
Voter Registration Tool Overview
Indivisible Illinois is working with TurboVote to offer an online tool that supports voter registration efforts across all 50 states. This tool allows constituents to request absentee ballots and register to vote. In states like Illinois that allow online voter registration, the tool pushes registrants through the entire process to register to vote online.
You can send this tool to engage with friends and family, promote on social media, and, of course, go out in your community to register voters in person. So, why use TurboVote?
Easy to use. TurboVote will walk new registrants through the entire registration process — and at the end they will be registered to vote (or just have to mail in their completed registration). It’s that simple!
No forms, no problem. When registering voters with paper forms, volunteers need to keep track of a lot of forms. Not to mention, there’s significant liability that comes along with doing voter registration on paper — once you register a voter, you become responsible for making sure their registration form is handed in (and in compliance with state laws). Some conservative state governments have significantly ratcheted up the penalties for turning in paper forms late as a way to discourage voter registration. This tool does all that work for you.
Registration is always complete and legible. It may seem trivial, but one of the big challenges of doing voter registration is making sure that registration forms are complete and easy to read. New registrants won’t be able to go to the next step without completing all the necessary fields and their answers will always be legible.
More than voter registration. This tool goes beyond voter registration. Voters can use it to apply for mail in ballots. The system will also send everyone who registers an automatic reminder when elections are coming up! Additionally, Indivisible will be able to keep track of the folks that groups register and make sure that they’re contacted in the lead up to elections.
Important notes: TurboVote requires internet access and a smartphone, tablet or computer to register. While we highly recommend Indivisible groups use this tool in place of paper forms, we recognize that these resources are not accessible to all groups or group members. If the only option for your community is to do registration with paper registration forms, it’s crucial to familiarize yourself with Illinois state laws about voter registration (including requirements to do registration, eligibility to vote, deadlines to turn in registration forms and more). You can check in with the Illinois State Board of Elections to start learning. http://www.elections.il.gov.
I want to register voters – what resources are there? (Important Note: Please look to your local officials for up to date information about COVID19 before you plan your next in person event.)
ILVOTE provides extensive resources to engage with and register voters. These materials include:
- How to host a voter registration event manual
- Illinois voter registration mail in application in English and Spanish
- Election Calendar
- Voter Guides and more
We have a carefully researched FAQ for organizers and registrars that will answer your questions about ways of registering people, ID for voting, rules and dates, and much more.
What about materials? We maintain an annotated resource of printable materials including registration forms, posters, commit-to-vote cards, and more.
Are you looking for additional volunteers to help you? Or have questions? Get social and join the Facebook Group Indivisible ILVOTE.
Want to connect with other ILVOTE organizers across the state to listen, learn and share best practices? Register with ILVOTE . You will receive reminders about the regular monthly calls.
ILVOTE is certified in the City of Chicago and Cook County as a bona fide State Civic Organization for voter registration purposes. In addition, ILVOTE works to increase voter awareness and promote voter turnout for every election at the federal, state and local levels. We achieve our goals by working in coalition with other grassroots partners to host forums, deputy voter registrar trainings and voter registration drives that are open to all. We encourage individuals to take initiative and do voter registration and awareness whenever possible in their daily lives. We believe that an engaged and informed electorate leads to a successful democracy.
To establish certification for ILVOTE in your jurisdiction so that you and members of your community can become deputy voter registrars through your election authority, please contact Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth at firstname.lastname@example.org 773-216-2067