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What is same-day voter registration?

If you missed the deadline for voter registration or weren’t able to change your personal information on time, you can still vote! Under new Illinois law, people can now register and vote on Election Day.

First implemented in 2014 during the presidential election, eligible voters can now show up to a polling place location (based on voter address) with two valid forms of identification and vote the same day. Voters seeking to update personal information can also do so following the same process.  

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Am I already registered? If you are unsure about your current voter status, follow Continue Reading
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With the Illinois March 15 primary election around the corner, The Forum has launched a blog series to guide you in making an informed vote.

Today's post is by guest blogger Juan Morado Jr. He currently serves as the General Counsel to the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board (HFSRB). Juan volunteers on several non-profit boards while also serving as the Communications Secretary to the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois (HLAI). HLAI promotes competence, professionalism and integrity among Latino attorneys and the Latino communities within the State of Illinois, and is dedicated to promoting the Latino culture and empowering the community through legal education, and support of its community organizations.

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Early voting in Chicago, Suburban Cook County and the Collar Counties during the March 2016 Primary Election

My wife and I make it a priority to vote together during every election cycle.  We usually go to our local polling station in Chicago on a Saturday during the early voting period so that we can do it together.  During the 2015 Chicago Municipal Election, we brought our young boys with us to cast our ballots.  They weren’t aware of what we were doing, but my wife and I are very intentional about including them in the process.  We want them to grow up remembering how we took them to vote, how we watched debates together as a family and how we... Continue Reading

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Who's on the ballot?

  ·  Emily Vasquez

Election Day is March 15 for the 2016 Primary. As the day approaches, it is critical that every voter become informed not only about the candidates on their ballot, but also where to vote and find useful resources.

To help navigate election season, the Forum has created a quick guide. Check out the breakdown below: 

Are you registered to vote?

To confirm your registration in Illinois, click here. Enter your First Name, Last Name and Zip Code and select “Submit.” If you are registered, your information along with your designated polling place will appear.

Don’t see your name? If you are not registered, missed the deadline or... Continue Reading

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Focused solely on Latino registered voters in the city of Chicago—the timely polling effort, Chicago Latino Voters and the 2015 Mayoral Runoff, conducted by Latino Decisions and co-sponsored by Latino Policy Forum, National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC) and Univision Chicago—was released Monday, March 23, 2015 at a town hall held at 541 N. Fairbanks Court.

The discussion, moderated by Univision Chicago's Luisa Echevarria, was kicked off with Dr. Sylvia Manzano, principal at Latino Decisions, presenting the findings of the poll.  

“This is groundbreaking work,” she said. “This is the first scientifically sound public opinion research designed specifically to capture the views... Continue Reading

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by Communications intern Michelle Jimenez

Latinos hold the power to change the outcome of political elections. Earlier this year, the Huffington Post reported a total of “8.6 million Latinos…eligible to vote,” couldn’t vote because they were not registered. This number intensifies when one considers the fact that, “there are almost as many potential Latino voters (11.1 million) as actual voters (12.2 million)” in the U.S.  In Illinois, the 2010 gubernatorial election was decided by just 19,000 votes. That’s not many—especially when you think about how 361,000 eligible Latinos never registered. 

Knowing this, the Forum is taking action to change the narrative on Latino civic engagement by working with its nonprofit partners and volunteers to register new... Continue Reading

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If the 2012 elections were any indication, civically-engaged Latinos matter, especially in narrowly-contested races. As the Latino population continues to grow, how can Latinos continue to leverage their political power?

In Illinois, there are more than 300 state boards and commissions in operation. They are comprised of mostly unpaid, volunteers appointed by the governor.  Relying on individuals with expertise  in various professions, these entities are responsible for strategic planning, issuing guidance on federal grants, drafting policy recommendations, providing oversight in a variety of areas, and much more.  While data isn’t available on the participation rate of Latinos on state boards or commissions, it is widely acknowledged they and other minority groups... Continue Reading

Posted In: Representation in Government, Strengthening Leadership

Illinois’ list of gubernatorial hopefuls continues to grow as the campaign season for the March 18, 2014 primary gains steam.  While midterm elections tend to attract fewer voters (and primaries have even lower levels of participation) these midterm primaries have high stakes for Illinois residents as the state’s unemployment rate remains higher than the national average, its pension crisis remains unresolved, and  Illinois’ investment in our children’s public education has diminished by $670 million since Fiscal Year 2009.

At this stage in the primary, gubernatorial challengers Senator Bill Brady, Bill Daley, Senator Kirk Dillard, Bruce Rauner, and Treasurer Dan Rutherford have been focused on initiating effective campaign... Continue Reading

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The line for the early train toSpringfieldwas decidedly Latino on May 7, Latino Unity Day at the state capitol. With 2013 marking its second year, Latino Unity Day is a relatively new but vital opportunity for leaders from Latino-led, Latino-serving organizations, as well as the community at large, to send a collective, coordinated message to legislators:  The state’s investment in Latinos must keep pace with the community’s growth—and its economic, cultural, and civic contributions.

The coordinated events planned for the day would be a clear demonstration of collaboration between co-conveners, including: Hispanic Illinois State Law Enforcement Association,Illinois Association of Hispanic State Employees, Illinois Latino Council on Higher Education (ILACHE), Illinois Latino Family Commission, Latino Policy Forum,... Continue Reading

Posted In: Leadership, Strengthening Leadership, Representation in Government, State Investment
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