PC CORNER – JUNE 2020
By Chris Hotchkin
We have been very inspired by the large crowds protesting for Black Lives Matters, including in our township in Hinsdale and Downers Grove. It is wonderful to see so many young people engaged and active. But—it is so important that we not only march, put up signs, and use social media–the most important thing is that we all VOTE, including and especially these same young people.
One of the most important roles we have as precinct committeepersons is to register voters or encourage our citizens to register online. As a Precinct Committeeperson, you are a Voter Registrar, if you signed the Voter Registrar portion of your PC petition, which I am sure you did. This means you can register voters using the county registration form. When you use this form, you cannot be partisan—cannot be canvassing for a candidate or wearing candidate buttons, t-shirts, etc. When you use this form, you ask the prospective voter for identification, and then you complete the form. You can obtain these forms from the DuPage County Clerk’s office.
Another easy way to get someone registered is to just guide them to the state voter registration website: ova.elections.il.gov. Here anyone can register online, filling out the form themselves. They need to have a state driver’s license or state ID. This is also a good place to check if an individual is indeed registered.
Remember that a young person may register to vote if they will be 18 on or before November 3, 2020. So as a PC, you may want to check with your Democratic households to see if they have any young people who need to be registered.
In this newsletter are informative articles about the Vote by Mail legislation and the Illinois Fair Tax initiative. It is important as a PC to be well informed on both initiatives. Because of COVID-19 many of the voters in your precinct may want to Vote by Mail. It is more important than ever that we pass Fair Tax to give our state and especially our schools adequate funding without overtaxing middle- and lower-income families.
There are post cards in the office, with a list for your precinct, that you can send to those who voted Democratic in the Primary Election. Just write a simple note—Thank you for voting!
Finally, if you have not yet turned in your list of Election Judge appointments, we must do that right away. Even if you have just one or two judges to put on your list, please do that and turn your list in at our office at 908 Curtiss, Downers Grove.