How You Can Help

How You Can Help

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Help us increase participation in elections! 

 

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. 

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. Check out Restore the USPS to sign a petition, contact your senators, and more.

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.  

Volunteer for a voter registration drive.

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.orgCheck 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

Become a Deputy Voter Registrar

Deputy Voter Registrars are trained by the Chicago Board of Elections and certified to register voters in Illinois. All DVR trainings will now take place online. If you would like LWV Chicago to sponsor you for this training, please send an email to league [at] lwvchicago.org including your name, address, and email address.

Note that you must be a LWV Chicago member and a registered voter in Chicago to be sponsored by LWV Chicago. We will submit the required letter to the Chicago Board of Elections on your behalf and then you will receive the link to take the training.

Volunteer to Poll Watch

We will have credentials for members to poll watch for Early Voting, Election Day, and the post election audit. However, we suggest that those interested this year consider becoming an election worker instead, as there is a great need for them. Contact Helene Gabelnick at league [at] lwvchicago.org if you would like to volunteer.

Moderate Candidate Forums

We train volunteers to moderate candidate forums and debates. If you are interested in moderating an event or asking League members to moderate your event, please contact the Voter Service Chair Helene Gabelnick at league [at] lwvchicago.org.