How You Can Help

How You Can Help

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Help us increase participation in elections! 

Become a Deputy Voter Registrar

We sponsor DVR training for League members. DVR training dates can be found on our calendar. Contact the Voter Service Chair Helene Gabelnick at league [at] for additional information.

Work a Registration Drive

We will be coordinating registration drives leading up to the 2020 elections. You do not need to be a trained Deputy Voter Registrar to work at these drives. For more information about voter registration drives, contact Voter Service Chair Helene Gabelnick at league [at] lwvchicago.orgCheck out the latest guidelines for voter registration volunteers.

No public registration drives are currently scheduled due to social distancing concerns. To help us coordinate voter registration and education efforts during the pandemic, contact Helene at league [at]

Several LWV Chicago members have taken the lead in four types of locations around the city. Contact the individuals noted at league [at] to get involved in these specific projects.

  • High schools - Pat Wilder
  • City colleges - Catherine Mardikes
  • Retirement communities - Melanie Norstrom
  • Cook County Jail - Julie Shelton

LWV Chicago is also partnering with Chicago Votes to register eligible voters at Cook County Jail. On the second Sunday of each month, volunteers will enter the jail from 3-6 pm for nonpartisan voter registration. Volunteer slots are limited to 20 people each month.

Become an Election Judge

Any U.S. citizen 16 or older may, with training, serve as an election judge. Judges are paid to work on Election Day to manage the precinct polling place, including preparing reports after the polls close. Learn more.

Volunteer to Poll Watch

We will have credentials for members to poll watch for Early Voting, Election Day, and the post election audit. Contact Helene Gabelnick via league [at] if you would like to volunteer for this activity.

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]