Being a registered voter guarantees your right to vote. That’s why the League of Women Voters is conducting a national voter registration drive on Tuesday, Sept. 22.
Locally, members of the League of Women Voters of the Homewood-Flossmoor Area will help residents get registered or update their registrations from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Homewood Public Library, 17917 Dixie Highway.
If you’ve moved or changed your name, you need to file those changes for voting. Anyone over the age of 18, or anyone 17 years old who will be 18 by November 8, 2016, is eligible to vote. There will also be same day voter registration and voting on Nov. 8, 2016. A voter who will be 19 by that date, can also register now in anticipation of his/her upcoming 18th birthday this year.
Registrants must present two pieces of identification, such as a driver’s license or state ID card, a university ID card, a utility bill with current address, a paycheck with your address or bank statement.
“We are excited to be a part of National Voter Registration Day,” said Voter Services Chair Sharon Cooper. “This is our democracy, and our elected officials need to hear from all of us on election day. Voter registration is the key to helping Americans participate in the political process.”
The Homewood registration site is one of hundreds across the country hosted by League of Women Voters members. This year’s drive marks with 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, and is part of the League’s effort to get people registered for participation in the 2016 presidential primaries and caucuses.
“The League of Women Voters has 95 years of history as a powerful national network that empowers people every day to tackle the most important issues and improve government,” Cooper noted. “On National Voter Registration Day 2015, we will be working to touch as many eligible voters as we can so they can participate in our great democracy.
“The League of Women Voters of the Homewood-Flossmoor Area empowers hundreds of voters through education, registration and get-out-the-vote activities in every election,” Cooper said. “We host candidate and issue forums and registration drives while also providing trusted and timely election information at VOTE411.org. We do this because we believe our democracy is strongest when every voice is heard.”
For additional information, visit http://hfarea.il.lwvnet.org/index.html