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Voter Services

Election and Voter Information- Read about new rules regarding online voter registration.

Voter Services Events Coming Up

Please see Calendar Page for more details.

Important Dates

  • Deputy Registrar Training Class

Saturday, Sept 6, 10 am to 11 am, Skokie Library Book Discussion Room Need to have names to submit to David Orr's Office the week of August 25, 2014!!!!! Hoping for new recruits and those wanting to take a refresher class.

  • Voter Registration Event at Wilmette Public Library, Sunday September 28th, 1 to 5 pm

  • Voter Registration Event at Wilmette Public Library, Sunday October 5th, 1 to 5 pm

  • National Voter Registration Day, Tuesday September 23rd, registration at New Trier High School (tentative -- awaiting final approval)

  • Candidate Forum for 17th State House of Representatives [Laura Fine (D) and Kathy Myalls (R)] Saturday, September 27th 10 am to 11 am, Wilmette Village Hall. LWV Wilmette will host this event, assisted by Evanston and Glenview Leagues. Please contact Trudy Gibbs for volunteer opportunities -need publicity and help (one sorter, 2 ushers, 1 greeter) and good turnout of general membership.

NEW ILLINOIS ELECTION LAWS FOR 2014

Some changes are permanent, some only apply to the November 4, 2014 Election

Your Vote Counts!

This has been a big year for election law reform in Illinois. Three major election laws were passed in an effort to make registering to vote more inclusive and convenient and to broaden the opportunities for registered voters to cast ballots:

1) January 2014 - 17-year-old citizens were granted voting privileges for primary elections if they will be 18 before the next general election.

2) July 1, 2014 - Online voter registration went into effect for citizens with an IL driver's license or IL state ID. The Illinois State Board of Elections' online voter registration application can be found by clicking here.

3) July 1, 2014 The Election Omnibus Bill was passed with 12 new voter registration and voting provisions.

For the Election Omnibus Bill, some of the laws were designated as "pilot" and will only apply to the November 4, 2014 election. This temporary status was created intentionally so that the IL Board of Election can take the time to carefully evaluate the outcome of implementing the new rules. The intended outcome for all three bills is to securely increase the number of US citizens participating in the voting process. Other benefits include cost savings and a modernization of the voting process.

REGISTERING TO VOTE

17 year old voters (permanent)

  • Citizens who will be 18 by the date of the next general election may register to vote before a primary election and cast votes for candidates in the party of their choice in the primary election.
  • For all general elections, 17-year-olds can only register if they will be 18 by the date of the next election.

Online registration (permanent)

  • Citizens who have a valid driver's license or ID card from the State of Illinois may register online.
  • Instructions and the portal for registering is located on the IL Board of Election website.

Election-day registration (pilot for November 4, 2014 election)
  • At select sites (mostly courthouses), citizens may register to vote on election day. Two forms of identification are needed, one of which must include a current address. No photo ID is required. However, to complete the registration, an applicant must have with them a valid IL driver's license number or IL State ID number. If applicants have neither, they can still register if they know the last 4 digits of their social security number.
  • Citizens who use the election-day registration option must cast a provisional ballot at the place of registration. These ballots will only be included in the tally after the registration has been validated.

EARLY VOTING (pilot for November 4, 2014 election)

  • At select sites, registered voters can vote on the Sunday and Monday before the election. Monday voters will be required to vote on a provisional ballot (see rules above for provisional ballots).
  • The week before an election, voting hours will be extended an extra 2 hours (until 7:00 pm) on weekdays at all early voting sites. For sites offering Sunday voting, times will be limited to noon to 3 pm.
  • For early voting, no ID is required unless the County Clerk's records are marked for "ID required". Most often this happens because a citizen has not voted in multiple recent elections.

MAIL-IN VOTING (permanent)

  • Registered voters may apply online for a mail-in ballot 90 days before the election (formerly was 40 days). As in the past, mail-in ballot applications may be applied for in writing.
  • Ballots will be sent when available (approximately 14 days before election day).

November 4, 2014 Election Day

Fall Elections 2014: Key Dates

  • 9/25/2014 First day mail ballots will be sent out
  • 10/7/2014 Last day to register to vote
  • 10/8/2014 First day of grace period registration and voting
  • 10/20/2014 First day of Early Voting
  • 10/30/2014 Last day to request a mail ballot, including military and overseas voters
  • 11/1/2014 Last day of Early Voting
  • 11/1/2014 Last day of grace period registration and voting
  • 11/2/2014 In-person absentee voting at the Clerk's downtown Chicago office
  • 11/3/2014 Last day voted mail ballots can be postmarked for acceptance by the Clerk's office

In-person absentee voting at the Clerk's downtown Chicago office and five suburban courthouse mini-centers
  • 11/4/2014 Election Day

Update on Redistricting Petition 2014

July 2014

The Yes for Independent Maps campaign has decided not to pursue getting its amendment on the November ballot. This decision was made, in part, because of a court decision. Click here to read more on the LWVIL website.

Legislative Interviews April 22, 2014

An Observer Corps Report From the Event

North Shore Leagues Host Lively Exchange with Legislators

Click here to read Report

To see the full set of questions and responses, see below:

Representative Fine. Senator Biss. Representive Gabel.

Team Effort Results In Record-breaking High School Voter Regisration

LWV Wilmette recognized as a "Democracy Champion" by David Orr, Cook County Clerk

May, 2014

This was an active year for voter registrations. The new law allowing 17-year old to vote in a primary election if they would be 18 by a presidential or mid-term election meant we had almost double the number of eligible students to register at our local high schools. David Orr's office honored our League for the record-breaking number of students we helped to registered before the primary (409). This year we tapped into some social media venues to encourage students to register and were more successful in reaching out to students through school adviseries and clubs.

We will continue to assist new voters, but now using iPads as well as paper applications. The online system will be restricted to new voters or those who wish to update their voter information who have an authentic Illinois driver's license or Illinois-issued identification card. This requirement for state ID is in place because electronic signatures will be copied from the Secretary of State database. For all others, the traditional options for registration remain (eg, Village Hall, Secretary of State offices, County Clerk's offices, and voter registration drives like ours).

Along with five other North Shore league members, three candidates from our League were trained as moderators in January. This new group of trained moderators will greatly help to relieve the shortage of trained moderators League-wide as we face a busy year for forums (November 2014, March 2015). The League is well served by our nine trained deputy registrars.

Deputy Registrar Training Class

Saturday, Sept 6, 10 am to 11 am, Skokie Library Book Discussion Room.

Need to have names to submit to David Orr's Office week of August 25, 2014!!!!! Please contact Trudy Gibbs for information.

David Orr has recognized LWV Wilmette for our outstanding efforts in registering students at Loyola Academy and New Trier High School. In his letter of congratulations, he said "Your League has set a high standard that pushed other schools and organization to go the extra mile. It also gave our office a sense of momentum as we pushed schools and groups to be ambitious about engaging their students." He goes on to say, "You are true Champions of Democracy and we are lucky to have you as partners.",

104 at Loyola Academy and 309 at New Trier High School

Click here to read the article in the Trib Local.

US Supreme Court Rules Against Campaign Contribution Limits

Voters Guide for Cook County and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Primary Election

This year, the Cook County League has published a Voters Guide for Cook County and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.

Click here for The Cook County League of Women Voters website.

CLICK HERE FOR VOTERS GUIDE

Note: for County Commissioner, we are in district #13. For Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, we vote for 3 commissioners out of a list of many -- in other words, we are not restricted to a specific district.

The full ballot for Suburban Cook County's March 18th primary election has also been posted on the Cook County Clerk's office website, click here.

April 9, 2013 - VOTERS GUIDE

CLICK HERE FOR VOTERS GUIDE

CLICK HERE FOR CANDIDATE FORUM PROGRAM

Streaming Video of the Candidate Forum Sunday, March 17, click here and select SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Village Votes for Trustees, Commissioners, and Board Members April 9

The League held a Candidate Forum at the Village Hall on Sunday, March 17th. Ccandidates answered questions about how they would deal with pressing issues before the Village Board, Park Board, District #39 School Board and the Wilmette Public Library Board of Trustees.

Rebroadcasts of the event will be on Wilmette Local Access Channel as follows:

  • Thursday, 3/21

7pm LWV Forum - Village Trustee and President

8:30pm LWV Forum - Park Board

  • Monday, March 25th

6 pm LWV Forum - School District #39

7 pm LWV Forum - Library Board

  • Wednesday, March 27th

5pm LWV Forum - Village Trustee and President

6 pm LWV Forum - Park Board

7 pmLWV Forum - School District #39

8 pm LWV Forum - Library Board

  • Friday, March 29th - Sunday, March 31st

7:30pm LWV Forum - School District #39

8:30pm LWV Forum - Park Board

9:30pm LWV Forum - Village Trustee and President

10:30pm LWV Forum - Library Board

League of Women Voters of Wilmette's Voter's Guide contains written answers to questions posed to all the candidates, even those in uncontested races. It will be distributed at public buildings throughout Wilmette and is available online at the League of Woman Voters website.

1 to 2 Village Board Presidential Candidates

2 to 3 Candidates for Park District Board of Commissioners

3 to 4 Candidates for Wilmette District #39 Board of Education

4 to 5 Candidates for the Wilmette Public Library Board of Trustees

Your Polling Place May Have Changed

Your polling place may have changed!! Check the website:

Cook county Clerk Polling Place

Once on the website, go to Elections. Then put in the required information, which includes your name and address. Click GO and you will then see your polling place.

Consolidation of Precincts

To save Cook County money on election costs, a number of polling places are being consolidated. Of the current 65 precincts in New Trier Township, 19 will be eliminated. As yet, not all of the consolidation decisions have been finalized. However, by the end of February, voters affected by the change in the location of their polling place will receive a notice by mail. Look for those postcards yourself and spread the word about the closings to neighbors and friends. Due to the late date for decisions on closings, it is best to use the Cook County website at cookcountyclerk.com to confirm a polling place rather than the National League Polling Place Finder at Vote411.org.Here is a telephone number for the County Clerk: (312) 603-5656

Boundaries for State and Congressional Districts

VOTER INFORMATION

Vote411.org Find the facts about voting in your state at Vote411.org. Before an election, find your polling place.

Find information about the next election at .....

Cook County Clerk:http://www.cookctyclerk.com/

Local Referendum -Wilmette Power Purchasing Program Passed - WP3

Wilmette Power Purchasing Program

Wilmette League Endorses Cost Savings Plus 50% Renewable Energy Option

Wilmette voters by a large margin passed the referendum on authorizing the Village managers to form an aggregation of customers to collectively obtain our supply of electricity. The objective is to achieve rates that are lower than currently offered through ComEd.

At the April 27, 2012 Board meeting, we discussed how the Village of Wilmette in conjunction with the Village of Kenilworth is moving ahead very quickly with the selection of an alternative electric supplier for the newly form aggregate of residential and small commercial customers. The Wilmette Village management has been clear in public statements and in their presentation to our Board that the objective of the program is only to save money. With a "cost only" criteria for the selection of a supplier, Wilmette and Kenilworth will buy a standard package of electrical power from plants that produce power as the result of burning fossil fuels along with the required minimum of 7% renewable energy sources. At the first (and only) meeting of the Administration Committee of the Village Board on the topic, three options for suppliers were presented:

  • 1)standard package plus 7% renewable;
  • 2)100% renewables; and
  • 3)a complex hybrid of a standard package plus an option for residents to buy renewable energy certificates (RECs). The Committee was easily convinced the last option was too complex, but added a fourth option of standard package plus 50% renewable energy sources.

The endorsement statement that was presented and approved at the April LWV Board meeting is intended as a signal to the two Village boards that we support the new option. Click here to view Endorsement Position.

Additional information about the program is available on the Village website.

One reason for paying attention to sources selected is that more is at stake than simply cost. Wilmette does not generate any power within our community so that the burden of pollution produced falls in the backyards of other communities. As our managers and elected officials set policy, it is in the people of Wilmette's best interest to be mindful of the total costs of power production and not simply cost savings to our community. More is at stake than just air pollution; there is an enormous amount of water that is fouled in the process of harvesting, transporting, and burning fossil fuels. By selecting providers that will supply a higher percentage of green power, we would be accelerating the important transition from brown to green energy. At the very least, our requests for proposals should ask perspective providers to ask for what is called "power labeling" to disclose energy sources that would be provided. We need to keep in mind that the lowest costs to us come from aging coal and nuclear plants, but these plants are also associated with the highest healthcare burdens on society and they are already receiving large government subsidies.