Help us increase participation in elections!
Work a Registration Drive
In partnership with Goodman Theatre, we will be registering voters and answering voters' questions at upcoming performances of “Fannie Lou Hamer, Speak On It,” to take place at parks around the city.
If you're willing, sign up to work one of these voter education drives. You must be a League member to volunteer. After you sign up, we'll be in contact about social distancing measures, obtaining materials and resources, and any other questions you may have.
You do not need to be a trained Deputy Voter Registrar to work at a drive. For more information about voter registration drives, contact Voter Service Chair Helene Gabelnick at league [at] lwvchicago.org. Check out the guidelines for voter registration volunteers.
Several LWV Chicago members have taken the lead in four types of locations around the city. Contact the individuals noted at league [at] lwvchicago.org to get involved in these specific projects.
- High schools - Pat Wilder
- City colleges - Catherine Mardikes
- Retirement communities - Melanie Norstrom
- Cook County Jail - Julie Shelton
Protect the Postal Service
The U.S. Postal Service is essential to our democracy and plays a critical role to the success of this election in the middle of a pandemic. On August 22, in a bipartisan vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Delivering for America Act. This legislation will invest $25 billion dollars in the Postal Service and prevent the Postmaster General from implementing additional changes to services before the November 2020 election. It is now up to the U.S. Senate to act. Use our form to easily contact your Senators.
Work the Election
There is a crucial need for more election judges this year. Judges of Election are paid to manage the precinct polling place and assist voters. Any U.S. citizen aged 16 or older may serve as an election judge with the appropriate training. Students are eligible, as schools will be closed for the state holiday on November 3. Unemployed individuals who serve as judges will not jeopardize their unemployment benefits. Learn more.
There are also paid positions available for the months leading up to the election. You can serve as an election worker during Early Voting or in the Board of Election Commissioners' office and warehouse. Learn more.
Spread the Word
Our get-out-the-vote efforts have been hindered by the pandemic. You can help by sharing election information with those in your network. Below are some resources that you can share online or print out and post wherever you can—in your apartment building, community centers, place of employment, etc. You can also share our website (lwvchicago.org) or chicagoelections.gov as online resources.