North Shore Indivisible is committed to helping citizens exercise their right to vote and make their voice heard. If you seek to help others register to vote, you may be eligible to become a deputy registrar. However, you must act right now. Training classes are forming and you must register at least 48 hours before the training date.
Register for voter registrar training here
To become a deputy registrar you must:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Be registered to vote in your county of residence
- Complete a free training program in your county of residence
Training Schedule Spring 2018
LAKE COUNTY RESIDENTS ONLY
- Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 6:00pm Lake County Central Permit Facility, 500 W. Winchester Rd., Libertyville
- Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 10:00am 10th Floor – County Building A, 18 N. County St., Waukegan
COOK COUNTY RESIDENTS ONLY
- Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 10:00am Glencoe Union Church, 263 Park Ave., Glencoe
Registration at least 48 hours before training is required
Register for voter registrar training here
In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s election it became evident that voter behavior represented the single most important factor in determining the outcome. Not just how many people voted mattered. After all, the majority did NOT vote for Trump. What mattered was who voted and where those who voted lived. Hair’s breaths of percentage points decided electoral votes for entire states. Every vote made a difference. Every person who was qualified to vote but did not vote made a difference as well.
It’s Imperfect But You Can Make the Difference
Yes, the Electoral College process needs a review. Yes, there is widespread gerrymandering of electoral jurisdictions. Yes, there are significant efforts to target and disenfranchise whole swaths of the population. Yes, these and other issues need to be fixed. Yet there is one thing that can be done by each person right now that does not require studies, commissions, hearings or rallies. We can make the effort to register to vote (and then vote).
Easy for Some. Not for Others
While Illinois encourages and provides relatively simple self-enfranchisement, for the truly intransigent non-voter the human touch may provide that extra incentive to become registered. That human touch is the deputy voter registrar. Illinois Election Code provides for deputy registrars who work with the County Clerk’s office to make voter registration to all qualified residents.
How To Become a Deputy Voter Registrar
To become a deputy voter registrar I attended a 1-hour fast-paced orientation conducted by an employee of the County Clerk’s office. The information flew by but we were provided with a short booklet that covered all the material. We were administered an oath and provided a start-up set of registration materials. It boils down to this: Are you able to ask a few questions? Can you fill out a ½ page form? If the answer is yes, you should become a deputy voter registrar.
Small Gotcha. Simple Solution
Prospective deputy voter registrars must first be “designated” by any of a long list of people and organizations. But let’s make it simple. If you look at the calendar on this website and/or search on this site for “voter registrar” you will find both the path and the dates for becoming designated and then getting trained. Really, there is nothing to it. Just do it.
By Sonny Cohen
Join Traci Fine and other NSI and Swing Left volunteers as they canvass our Swing District as part of Swing Left’s Summer Canvassing Challenge!
This summer, Swing Left* volunteers across the country will be canvassing their target Swing Districts to talk to voters, identify supporters, and ask them to commit to vote in 2018.
- If you have never been canvassing before, this is an easy way to get started!
- You don’t have to talk about a specific issue or politics.
- These friendly conversations asking people to vote in 2018 lets them know how important voting is.
- These kinds of “commitment” conversations are powerful, and have been shown to increase turnout up to 20%.
- Plus Canvassing is a fun outdoor activity, a way to meet neighbors, spend time outdoors, and get some exercise at the same time!
For more information, visit the events listed on our calendar, or RSVP here.
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