Voting and Registering! Let your voice be heard!

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The General Election is TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6!

On campus:

Voting registration tables are available throughout the month of September (see graphic to left.)

Student Government is presenting Pie-Partisan-A Four Part Series, in the Alumni Room (B-182) from 3:00-4:00 pm. December 6 is the last in the series.

Am I Registered to Vote?

Find out if you are registered to vote.

I Need to Register to Vote…

Online Voter Registration Application website: Illinois residents may also register in person at their local office of the election authority, at driver’s license facilities, or with deputy registrars who are appointed in each jurisdiction.

To register you will need:

  • Your Illinois Driver’s License number or state issued ID number
  • Date the license or ID was issued
  • The last four digits of your Social Security number
  • Your birth date

If you do NOT have a Illinois Driver’s License or state issued ID number, you may register by using the State Board of Elections’ paper based Voter Registration Application Tool. More information about registering in Illinois is available from the State Board of Elections.

I Need to Understand the Issues…

The ECC Library has created a Voting Research Guide devoted to the upcoming elections. This guide provides a one-stop place to access voting information, polling places, elected officials, and more. Some of the sites included are listed below.

To be an informed voter, you should understand the issues. Check out our extensive newspaper databases, which have local, national, and international coverage. We also have a Research Guide on Thinking Critically About the News–learn how to tell fact from fiction. Finally, you can subscribe for free to the New York Times.

VoteSmart: Their mission says it all: “to provide free, factual, unbiased information on candidates and elected officials to ALL Americans.”

OpenSecrets: A nonpartisan guide that traces how money influences America’s elections and policies.

PolitiFact: Statements are examined by reporters and researchers and given the Truth-O-Meter test. A nice place to see who is stretching the truth, or telling lies, and how.

FactCheck: From their mission statement: to “monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.”

PolicyMap: This open part of their subscription services allows users to map data all over the country on topics such as housing, economy, education, health, and more.

I Need to Vote Early:

Early Voting is Thursday, September 27 through Monday, November 5. Check out your county for times/places for early voting:

Kane County

Cook County

DeKalb

DuPage

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