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2018 State and Federal Elections
Our next meeting is Sunday, February 18, 2018, from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., in the Community Room of First Congregational Church-UCC, 25 E. Benton Ave., Naperville, IL. Our guests will include 2018 Candidates Ryan Huffman and Jennifer Zordani (IL-6), Anne Stava-Murray (IL State District 81), Judge Linda Davenport and David Stevens (DuPage County Circuit Court), and Sadia Covert (DuPage County Board, District 5). Click here for more information and to RSVP.
Who is running for the important office of Illinois attorney general? Indivisible Naperville is hosting a candidate forum on 2/21/18, @ 6:30 p.m. at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St., Naperville. Don’t miss this chance to see State Representative Scott Drury; Sharon Fairley, former federal prosecutor; Aaron Goldstein, former Cook County public defender; Jesse Ruiz, president of the Chicago Park District Board; Nancy Rotering, mayor of Highland Park; and Pat Quinn, former governor of Illinois. Also, NPR has been airing a series of interviews with all of the candidates. Click here to listen.
For a list of 2018 DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES FOR STATE, FEDERAL, AND LOCAL ELECTIONS, click here.
Confirm Your Polling Location Online; You Can Never Be Too Prepared for This Important Election
By Beverly George, ACE Leader
The website for the DuPage County Election Commission can be useful to find/confirm your polling location. However, it is a broad and deep resource and can be finicky to use.
If you’re registered to vote and want to confirm or find your polling location and all your election information, go to https://www.dupageco.org/VoterLookup/.
Select the “Search by Address” tab, enter your house number, omit the direction, then enter street name, enter street suffix, enter your town and select “Search.” (NOTE: our street suffix is “Lane” but when I selected Lane, “No record was found.” So I retried selecting “Ln,” and my election information came up just fine. That’s the finicky I mentioned earlier.)
If this doesn’t work, here’s Plan B from the Illinois State Board of Elections .
Under “Voter Information,” in the middle column, select “Am I Registered to Vote in Illinois?” This is more straightforward and works well. I think it’s important to check polling location ahead of time, in case it’s been changed.
Would you like to see a list of all the candidates on both primary ballots? Here’s one more link courtesy of ACE member Jan Podolski’s strong persistence.
- Go to the home page for the DuPage County Elections Commission.
- Look to the right of the page, and under “Quick Links,” click on the first item, “Unofficial Candidate List- General Primary Election.”
- Top of new page under “For the March 20, 2018, General Primary Election,” click on “Federal, State, and County Offices.”
- There you are, a PDF of candidates for all offices, first the Democrats followed by the Republicans.
Want to know how to research the judges up for election in November?
Attention residents of IL06, Rep. Peter Roskam’s District!
Here are the seven Democratic candidates answers to a given set of questions from the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board. They illustrate the differences between the candidates, as well as what they will focus on if they win the nomination. Click on the candidate’s name for the links to the articles.
IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE 2018 PRIMARY ELECTIONS
From Reid McCollum and CBIL6
Are you a concerned Illinois resident? Participate in our democracy and VOTE.
12/20/2017: First day to apply for a mail ballot
2/8/2018: Statutory beginning of the early voting period
2/20/2018: Last day to register to vote by paper application
2/21/2018: First day of grace period registration and voting
3/4/2018: Last day to register to vote by online application
3/5/2018: First day of early voting
3/15/2018: Last day to request a mail ballot, including military and overseas voters
3/19/2018: Last day of early voting
3/19/2018: Last day of grace period registration and voting
3/20/2018: Last day mail ballots can be postmarked
3/20/2018: Election Day—Primary
11/6/2018: General Elections
Volunteers needed throughout the state to help get out the vote in November 2018. Sign up here.
Interested in corruption in government?
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan collected $500,000 in Koch contributions days after house passed tax law. Read more about this latest example of dark money in politics here. Posted 1/22/18.
What’s the difference between Circuit Court judges and Associates? And why are there only 5 women (and no minorities) out of 43 judges in DuPage County?
Judge Linda Davenport is running for DuPage County Circuit Court Judge as a Democrat to encourage diversity on the bench. Take a look at her video. Judge Davenport will be joining us for our Candidate Meet & Greet 2 on 2/18/18, @ 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., at the Community Room of First Congregational Church-UCC, 25 E. Benton Ave., Naperville, IL. Posted 1/29/18.
How a Bill Becomes Law in Illinois
Click here to see Illinois legislative process and how a bill becomes law in our state.
Illinois Ballot Integrity Project Highlights Election Hacking
Democracy is under attack, first through voter suppression and also from election rigging/hacking. Read more here. Posted 9/19/17.
New Voter Illinois Registration Law
From the League of Women Voters-Naperville Newsletter, Sept. 2017:
“On August 29th, Governor Rauner signed into law SB 1933 that will establish an interagency program between the State Board of Elections and The Office of the Secretary of State. Applying for a driver’s license will serve as an application to register to vote. There are some limitations regarding temporary driver’s license and ID cards, but this is a victory for our democracy.
Additionally, the governor signed the Illinois Trust Act which will prohibit state and local police from giving immigration agents access to any individuals or transferring them into an agent’s custody. It prohibits sharing of information, such as electronic databases (that are not available to the public), for the use of investigating or enforcing immigration operations.”
Read more about this in the Chicago Tribune.
How to register to vote online
If you have an Illinois state ID or driver’s license, you can register to vote in one minute by following these two easy steps.
- Go to OVA.ELECTIONS.IL.GOV
- Answer the questions. You will need to know the last 4 digits of your social security number.
Once your registration is processed, take a snapshot. It’s that simple!
Russian meddling in U.S. elections
“Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault.” Washington Post. Posted 6/23/17.
“It’s so easy to be a one-issue voter.”
A Catholic Nun on What It Really Means to be Pro-Life:“A moral world is one whose societies realize that none of us can manage alone without the help of those who believe that every life is as important as their own.” Posted 5/17.