The Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is recruiting volunteers for Election Protection, the nation's largest non-partisan voter protection coalition, led by the national Lawyers' Committee. Through the 866-OUR-VOTE hotline and deployment of attorneys in the field, Election Protection helps ensure that eligible voters are able to participate in our democracy. Click here to volunteer for poll watching during the April 4, 2017 suburban Cook County elections!
Election Day Registration is available in all polling places in Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kane, Will, and many other counties. Click here for a full list of where Election Day Registration is available in each county in Illinois.
Resources on Illinois election laws can be found here. Election Day Registration is required by law in each county in Illinois. In Chicago, Cook County, and the collar counties, voters can register at every polling place on Election Day. Click here for a PDF listing of all Election Day Registration site locations. Please contact us if you have any questions.
The location of polling places in Illinois with bilingual election workers offering assistance to voters in Spanish, Chinese, or Hindi can be found here.
If you have signed up for an Election Protection 2016 Field Volunteer shift, you can watch our training video here.
View and download our Election Protection flyer here.
The 2000 elections were a wake-up call. More than four million Americans from all over the country were disenfranchised in 2000. People were denied the right to cast a vote—or to have their vote counted—by a range of problems, including faulty equipment, poorly designed ballots, and untrained poll workers, as well as voter intimidation and suppression efforts and other illegal actions by public officials.
Election Protection began in June 2001 as a pilot program for a special election in Virginia. Election Protection has grown since then so that today the 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) Hotline is available to voters in every state during general elections, and volunteers monitor polling places across the country to help ensure that no voters are disenfranchised at the polls.
Through its state of the art hotlines: 1-866-OUR-VOTE (administered by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law) and 1-888-Ve-Y-Vota (administered by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Education Fund), its website (www.866ourvote.org), and comprehensive voter protection field programs across the country, Election Protection provides Americans from coast to coast with comprehensive voter information and advice on how they can make sure their vote is counted.
On November 8, 2016, more than 300 legal volunteers answered over 1,000 calls to the Chicago call center. Read our post-election press statement here.