2019 Voter Registration Toolkit
Countdown to Election Day!
Illinois Action for Children is a catalyst for organizing, developing, and supporting strong families and powerful communities where children matter most.
Since our founding in 1969, we have successfully formed a common voice and vision for advancing high quality, accessible, and affordable child care programs and early education opportunities throughout Illinois. As a result, we are helping to provide important supports to families so that every child can reach their full potential.
Tuesday, February 26, 2019, is an important election day in Illinois. Once again, Illinois Action for Children is calling on the early childhood care and education community to help us get parents, families, and all adults that have a stake in the lives of our children, registered to vote!
Voting is an important part of advocacy. The candidates that win in this election will go on to make important decisions on policies that will impact the lives of children and working families, right in your community. As a child care provider, you are in a unique position to get the adults in your community registered to vote.
And best of all, registering voters is easy and Illinois Action for Children is here to help! We’ve put together a variety of resources for you to use to make the process simple and effective.
01/29/2019 – Last day to register to vote by paper application
01/30/2019 – First day of grace period registration and voting
02/10/2019 – Last day to register to vote by online application
02/11/2019 – First day of early voting
02/21/2019 – Last day to request a mail ballot, including military and overseas voters
02/25/2019 – Last day of early voting
02/25/2019 – Last day of grace period registration and voting
02/26/2019 – Last day mail ballots can be postmarked
02/26/2019 – Election Day
Positions Up for Election:
- Mayor – A mayor is an elected person who serves as the head of a city’s government. He or she has many responsibilities and follows a goal of making that city a great place for its residents to live. The Mayor oversees a city’s main departments including the police, fire, education, housing and transportation departments.
- Alderman – Chicago’s 50 aldermen make up City Council, the city’s legislative body, and serve as leaders for their wards. They advocate for neighborhood well-being such as transit services, more businesses setting up shop and round-the-clock street maintenance in their area.
- City Clerk – A city clerk is a public official whose principal duties include keeping records or accounts for the municipality and other duties prescribed by law. The position is central to government transparency because the clerk is responsible for keeping and making official records and legislation accessible to city residents.
- City Treasurer – A city treasurer is in charge of the city’s finances. He or she oversees the government spending in the city – making sure that the money spent is according to plan. The city treasurer also ensures proper collection of taxes in the city which is very important as this is the main source of funds for local projects.
Activities for Centers to Promote Voter Registration:
Make your voice as loud as possible! One of the best ways to amplify your voice is to make sure you and every adult in your community is registered to vote. We have the power to elect officials that will advocate for stronger early care and education. Illinois Action for Children has created a list of activities that you can use to register your families, staff, and communities to encourage them to vote!
Voter Registration Toolkit:
Learn more about how you can engage families and community members in voter registration efforts by reading this toolkit. If you would like some help doing voter registration in your community, our Community Engagement team is here to help! You can contact them by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Register to Vote:
Please share this information with everyone you know!
Watch and share this video or, visit the Illinois State Board of Elections website:
Where Do You Register to Vote?
For more information on where to register to vote in Illinois, visit the Illinois State Board of Elections. Click here:
Register to Vote Online:
In Illinois, you can register to vote online, but you will need a state license or ID. If you don’t have a State License or ID, you can still register to vote online but you will need to print out the form and mail it.
In Illinois, you can vote early. Early voting begins February 11, 2019 goes until February 25, 2019. If you vote early, you cannot change votes or vote again. Visit the Illinois State Board of Elections to find out where you can vote early.
The Community Profiles are a snapshot of the early childhood education landscape by each legislator’s district. Use the information in the Community Profile to educate candidates running for office on the importance of early care and education for families in their districts. There are Community Profiles for each state representative, state senator, congressional member.
Find Your Legislator:
Don’t know who your legislator is? Visit the Illinois State Board of Elections website and type in your address to find out your current legislators.
Immerse yourself in early childhood advocacy when you attend IAFCs 22nd Annual Spring Into Action Conference at the State House Inn in Springfield, Illinois on April 2-3, 2019! Learn more!