Friday, February 9 - Canvass for Marie Newman / Voting Rights Bill / Register to Vote

Actions You Can Take Today


Action 1: Canvass and Phone Bank for Marie Newman TOMORROW

Marie Newman is the true progressive running in the IL-3 district race. She supports women's rights, immigrant rights, and LGBTQ rights, all areas where Dan Lipinski can't be bothered to represent his constituents.

Marie Newman is the right choice for the IL-3. She wins on message and when voters are educated about who she is. But, Lipinski has gigantic name recognition. Without boots on the ground from volunteers and phone calling, she will come up short against this conservative.

It's essential that Indivisible Chicago members from all over the city come out to support Marie Newman and help get her message out.

Join us TOMORROW, Saturday, February 10 at 10 a.m. at the campaign office at 5444 S Archer Avenue. The campaign will have scripts, talking points, turfs, and a training. Folks who can't walk but still want to help can do phone banking from the office. If you wish to phone bank, please bring a laptop for calls or data entry. For those that are walking, please make sure to wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing for the weather (in other words, dress for the cold). Get more info and RSVP here.


Action 2: Call on Your Rep to Cosponsor HB 4469 for Voting Rights

Voting is the backbone of our democracy, and the right to vote is one of our greatest powers as citizens. It determines our representation and ensures that the collective issues that we care about are elevated and addressed.

However, eligible voters right here in Illinois are not aware of their full right to vote as the are in jail awaiting a conviction, or when they are released from prison. We must work to ensure that all eligible citizens have the opportunity to vote in Illinois.   

Many of the 20,000 people who are being detained before their trials do not have access to vote. Of  the almost 4 million people who have a past felony conviction in the state, many do not know that they are eligible to vote. These gaps in our voting system are unacceptable.

A newly introduced bill, HB 4469, is providing an answer to this grave problem. Here’s how:

  • County jails and election officials would be required to establish a process that allows detainees awaiting trial to cast their ballots during elections.

  • Returning citizens would receive detailed voting rights information from the Illinois Department of Corrections.

  • Each eligible returning citizen would receive a voter registration application upon their release.

Call your state representative to demand they cosponsor HB 4469 and increase voting access to citizens throughout the state. Find your state rep’s contact info.

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME], and I’m calling from [ZIP CODE]. I’m calling to ask that Rep. [NAME] publicly support and cosponsor HB 4469. which would help increase voter access for pretrial detainees, educate people with criminal convictions of their right to vote in this state, and increase voting amongst pre-trial detainees and the formerly incarcerated, cutting the rate of recidivism. Thank you.


Action 3: Register to Vote in Illinois Before 2/20

The Illinois 2018 primaries are coming up fast, on March 20. However, the deadline for voter registration is February 20. Now is the time to double check your registration and update it if necessary.

Click here to check your voter registration status or register to vote at a new address..

After you’re done, share the link on social media to remind your friends to check their registration status!



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