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Voter Services

Voter Registration February 2016

Voter Services Report -- Feb 2016 -- Trudy Gibbs, Susan Newcomb, co-chairs

Our high school voter registration drives were huge successes.

Loyola Academy: The NTHS model for online registrations was picked up by Loyola Academy. The student helpers were enthusiastic and well prepared. Allyson Haut, Peggy Lilly, and Kate Gaja helped the students register 184 new voters using the State Board of Election website. A few additionalstudents were registered manually who were not eligible for the online application.

NTHS: Based on last year's experience, the senior advisory chairs and the advisors for the NT Dems and Trevian Republican student groups drove the event. Our role, which was key to the success, was to process 234 students in the span of two 40-minute early morning periods. With a superb team including Leslie Parsons, Nancy Hoying, Kimberly Miller, Lali Watt, we managed peak crowds and stragglers. We also gave students information to share with older siblings and friends away at college.

Mather Place: Thanks to Susan Newcomb, Kathy Klawans and Dorothy Spiedel's efforts, we ran a successful registration drive at Wilmette Mather Place. Kathy sent mailers to all the new residents and made arrangements with the Mather administrations. Although we updated only 6 registrations, we were able to check voter registration status for many residents and give out good information about the next election. Susan and Kathy will schedule another event in September before the fall election. Mather is anticipating another 30 new residents this summer

Help us encourage all informed US citizens to register to vote or to update their current registration. Tell a friend or new neighbor about three convenient ways they can do it:

Online voter registration at the IL State Board of Election website http://www.elections.il.gov/votinginformation/register.aspx

Mail in registration forms can be printed from the following website: http://www.cookcountyclerk.com/elections/registertovote/Pages/default.aspx

In person go to any Cook County Clerk's office or stop by the Wilmette Clerk's office at Village Hall.