In 2008, 6 million Americans wanted to vote but couldn't because they didn't know how to register or they missed a deadline.
In 2012, we want to make sure no one is left out. On Sept. 25, 2012, volunteers, celebrities and organizations from all over the country will "hit the streets" for National Voter Registration Day. This single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts will create pervasive awareness of voter registration opportunities--allowing us to reach tens of thousands of voters or more who we could not reach otherwise.
ICPR is among many partners supporting this event across the country.
What it means
- Volunteers at transportation hubs, retail stores, sporting, and concerts.
- Technology to help eligible voters find registration drives nearby.
- A network of grassroots, local organizations engaged in their own communities.
- Tens of thousands of voters registering to vote online and offline in a single day.
Facts about voter registration (download the fact sheet)
- On Sept. 25, 2012, tens of thousands of Americans are helping make sure that this year, no one will be left behind.
- Unlike most election year activities, this isn’t about who wins or loses. It’s about who participates. Our goal? Every eligible American should be able to cast a ballot.
- Local events are happening across the country.
Chicago sites for National Voter Registration Day
- Young Leaders Society in the Loop at Washington and Wells, 5:30pm - 9:00pm
- Chicago Votes in Logan Square at Logan Square CTA station entrance, 6:00pm-9:00pm
- Headcount, UIC Student Center-750 S. Halsted Street, 6:00pm-8:00pm
- Headcount, Depaul 2250 N. Sheffield Ave., Suite 201 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Chicago area and Illinois facts:
- Based on figures from tom 2010 U.S. Census officials estimated there are as many as 500,000 eligible voters who aren't registered. source
- In 2008 despite an electrified presidential campaign with a local hero in the running, Illinois ranked 33rd among all states in voter registration rate (70.9%). This number is down 4% points from the previous presidential election in 2004. source
- In 2008 Chicagoland lagged behind not only the nation but the rest of the state for voter registration with only 69% of eligible voters registered (compared to 71% and 70.9% respectively). source
- Particularly pronounced is the low voter registration rate for the Chicagoland's younger generation (those born after 1980), who were only registered at a rate of 59.1% (in 2008). source
- The number of registered voters in Chicago is at its lowest level since 1942 (the earliest recording.) source
- On important fact that experts point out for why Illinois has low voter registration rates is Illinois does not have same day or Election Day Voter registration. source
- More than 35 organizations have partnered up for national voter registration day across the state to make voter registration a high priority!
Oct. 9, 2012 is the deadline to update voter registration or register for the first time to vote in the Nov. 6, 2012 General Election.