Why Your Vote Matters
We express our beliefs in many ways, but one of the most
effective is voting. Voting for officials that hold your same
values can change the trajectory of our education, our neighborhoods,
our finances and our lives and futures.
Whether it’s at the municipal, state or federal level, your voice matters. Elections matter. Your voice is heard by your vote. A single vote can decide an election. Use your voice through your vote to send a powerful message about what you care about and who you want representing your interests. She Votes Illinois is here to make sure that you have all the tools you need to vote!
Be a She Voter!
The Presidential General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 for President and other national, state and county positions in this election. Whether you are a first time voter or 20th time voter, She Votes Illinois wants to make sure that you have all the tools you need to vote!
Check your registration - Before election day, make sure you are still registered to vote. Perhaps you have moved, changed your name, or live in a neighborhood that changed zip codes. Even if nothing has changed, it’s a good idea to check to make sure your voter registration is still active.
Register to vote - Are you turning 18 by the upcoming General Election on November 3, 2020 or will this be your first time voting? Although Illinois offers same day voter registration, take 2 minutes to register to vote today.
Vote By Mail - All registered voters may vote by mail. No reason or excuse is needed to vote by mail. Ballots will begin being mailed starting September 24th. Request yours TODAY!
IL ACP Voter Registration - Are you part of the Illinois Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) that provides survivors of domestic violence and their household members with a substitute address to use. If so and you want to vote, you MUST vote by mail. Make sure you fill out and submit the “Illinois ACP Voter Registration Application” form you were provided upon enrollment to your local election authority no later than October 6, 2020, to participate in the upcoming 2020 election and then request a Vote by Mail Application from your local election authority.
Update Your Signature - (Chicago residents) - Are you voting by mail? Has your signature changed over the years? Use this form to update your signature. Fill in all blanks, print, sign and mail it in OR email to email@example.com
Restore your vote - Do you have a felony conviction? Check this site to see if you are eligible to vote.
Ultimate College Voter Guide - Are you a college student? Congrats!!! Check out this site for everything you need to vote while at school.
Absentee Ballot - Are you in the military or overseas? Military service members and US citizens living outside the US can register to vote, can request an absentee ballot, and can submit voting materials by mail, fax, or email. Check this site for step-by-step help and rules about deadlines and other requirements.
Judges - Judges matter! Judges matter! The VoteForJudges campaign is a nonpartisan effort aimed at judicial voter education. “All persons should have equal access to justice and fair treatment under the law. Having fair, qualified judges is critical to ensuring that the rights of everyone, including the most vulnerable are protected.”
Vote YES for the Fair Tax Referendum - Click here to learn everything you need to know about the Fair Tax referendum.
Make a plan to vote. The more organized you are, the more likely you are to vote.
- How are you getting there?
- Who is taking care of the kids?
- When are you going? – Make sure you know when the polls are open, note that certain times of day might have longer wait lines at the polls, coordinate with your co-workers and family members as necessary. Set a reminder on your calendar.
- Do you need an ID to vote?
- How are you voting?
- Early voting Secure curbside drop off boxes for mail in ballots may be available this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Check with your local county clerk’s office for details.
- By mail Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, vote by mail is encouraged by all who can to ensure a safe and healthy election.
- In-person Check your address for polling locations on election day.
- Provisional ballot Don’t be turned away at the polls. If your voting eligibility is challenged, request a provisional ballot. Read here for more information about provisional ballots and your rights.
- How are you going to communicate with your friends, family, and co-workers that you have voted and encourage them to vote too?
- Track your ballot - Check your local county clerk’s office for details.
Expanding Voting Access
In efforts to allow for a safer election during the COVID-19 pandemic, Illinois legislators passed SB1863 during the Special Session in May to automatically send an application for a vote-by-mail ballot to any resident who has voted in the 2018 general election, the 2019 consolidated election or the 2020 primary election as well as anyone who registered to vote after the 2020 primary by July 31, 2020. Previous mail-in voters who do not respond to initial invitations to sign up again would be sent reminders in September and October. Completed ballots would be returned via mail or in new “collection sites,” that would consist of boxes placed in locations at the discretion of local election officials.
As for voting in person, the bill would allow local election authorities to implement curbside voting, in which voters can drive up, be handed a ballot and fill it out in their cars. The bill also declares Election Day, November 3, 2020, a state holiday.
She Runs Illinois 2020!
A social media series spotlighting Illinois women running for office in the upcoming election
From COVID19 to racial justice to women's equity, we asked all female candidates across the state who are running for office in the Illinois General Assembly and US Congress to answer questions around issues that are important to women. The candidates who participated also shared with us:
- Who they are
- Stories about the women in their life
- And why YOU should vote for them!
Currently, there are only 36% women representing us in the Illinois General Assembly and 23% of the U.S. House of Representatives. Through our social media series, we want to help get OUR voices represented -- after all, 51% of Illinois residents are women. Bringing in better gender diversity to our local government will create more collaborative efforts and help prioritize what’s truly important to the well-being of the citizens of Illinois. Click on a candidate's photo to visit their campaign website. Click on the interview link to learn more about who they are and their message for a better Illinois.
She Votes Illinois uses an inclusive definition of “women” to include trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people who identify as femme.
The information contained on this page is provided only as general information and does not imply an endorsement by She Votes Illinois.
“She Votes Illinois does an amazing job of educating people on the civic duty to vote and I am so grateful that I work for an organization that truly values my voice, despite the fact that I cannot vote myself. Voting is a necessity, not a luxury. Help She Votes Illinois increase voter turnout by making a donation today."
- Mary Catherine Hanafee LaPlante, Board Member