Can't Vote if You're Not Registered

Elections | 09/25/2018

Aimee Galvin
Policy & Government Affairs Manager

Aimee weaves data and research together to show the social, political, and economic impact of policy.

I don’t know about you, but I’m sure going to miss summer. If there is any consolation, it’s that fall brings with it Election Day, which is its own holiday for a political junkie like me.

But for everything I love about Election Day – the anticipation, watching the returns, and seeing how the winners might reshape our political landscape – one thing I love most of all is voting on Election Day. Participating in our democracy is vital; we all need to participate to have our voices heard.

This election is no different. That single act of voting makes your voice influential, and that’s why I am looking forward to it.

But regardless of how important voting is – and it’s pretty darn important – you need to be registered to vote first! And today is National Voter Registration Day. What better way to celebrate than by registering to vote today?

You don’t need to be a political junkie like me to register to vote. On the contrary: we all need to register so that we can vote. As we have seen in recent elections, voter turnout has huge implications, which means your vote has even more power than you might think.

Make sure you are ready for the election. Click here to make sure you are registered to vote.

Once you are registered (or confirm your registration), let your friends and family know about this important step, too. The last day to register online is October 21, which will be here before you know it! Here are a few other important dates to note:

  • November 6, Election Day
  • November 5, last day of early voting
  • October 10, first day of grace period registration and voting (register and vote at the election authority location)
  • October 9, last day to register to vote by mail
  • September 27, first day of early voting

Once you ensure you are registered, take a few seconds and pledge to vote for education champions!


(Paid for by Stand for Children IL PAC)

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