On December 14, Rita Doyle met with a small committee with representatives from Naperville and Wheaton LWVs to review the merge of the offices of County Election Commission and the County Clerk. Not much has actually been done regarding the merger.
The over-arching goal of the group is to ensure that the merge of the two offices result in the continued improvement to the smooth execution of elections. A letter has been sent to the presidents of DuPage County LWVs to review and to sign, which will then be sent to County Board Chairman, Cronin, suggesting that he form an ad hoc committee to oversee and assist transition of the two departments. The letter will also offer League assistance on the committee.
Report from National Voter Registration Day showing that 865,000 new or updated voter registrations were recorded nationwide on September 25, 2018. In Illinois 7,771 registrations were taken in the field by registrars, but 21,291 registrations were done on line.
Jan. 2. First day to apply for Vote by Mail Ballot
Feb. 21 Early Voting begins at County Election Commission ofc. and Vote by Mail ballots begin to go out.
March 5 Last day LWV registrars can register voters
March 6 Grace period for voter registration begins at Election Commission ofc.
March 18 Early Voting and Grace period voter registration begins at established polling places and continues at County Election office.
March 28 Last day for Election Commission to receive Vote by Mail application
April 1 Last day for Early Voting
April 2 Last day of Grace Period voter registration and voting.
Voter Services Report Submitted by: Rita Doyle
The easiest way is to register online via the Illinois Online Voter Application.
You can also look up your current voter status. You can visit the DuPage County Election Commission page to learn more.
For more information on voting in Illinois, visit the Illinois Board of Elections.
The League provides a very helpful voter guide.
Please contact your state representative and ask her or him to Vote YES on overriding the Governor's veto of HB 0768, a bill that would stop the practice whereby the State Charter School Commission can hear appeals and override decisions by local school districts which deny charter applications.
WHY IT MATTERS
According to the Charter School position reached by consensus of Leagues throughout the state and approved by the State Board in March 2017, "The authority for approving and renewing charters should reside exclusively in the local school board." Local school boards are responsible for protecting taxpayers' interests. Their decisions regarding charter schools should not be subjected to reversal.
1st ACTION NEEDED
Please urge your state Representative to vote YES for HB1252 to require every public elementary school to include civics education in its 6th, 7th or 8th grade curriculum.
WHY IT MATTERS
Quality civics courses have tremendous impact. For example, when Florida introduced a required civics course in middle school, 61% of Florida students achieved proficiency in civics, compared to 22% of middle school students nationally in the most recent NAEP Civics Assessment.
Citizens with high levels of civic knowledge vote regularly and participate broadly in our democracy.
2nd ACTION NEEDED
Please urge your state Senator to vote YES for SB2236 which requires sufficient appropriations for public schools before tax credits are awarded to send children to private schools.
WHY IT MATTERS
The League opposes using public tax dollars to fund private schools. This bill would ensure that public schools are adequately funded before tax credits are used for private school scholarships.