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State and Federal Elections
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.
Voting for Judges: It Can Be a Matter of Life and Death
How do you vote for judges? Look at the names and pick someone who sounds good? Do you ever think to ask friends who might be lawyers their opinions about the judges before the election? How do you research their ruling records? Read the full article here.
How does a bill become law in Illinois?
The State Universities Retirement System of Illinois produced an informative piece on their website. Click here to read it and brush up on your civics.
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?
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 joined us for our Meet the Candidates 2 in February. Posted 1/29/18.
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.
“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.
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!