Election Day is a little more than a month away! Summer is officially over and the school year is in full swing, which we know can be a busy time of year. In this issue of eAdvocate, we dive into some voting and registration tips and resources to make sure you are well prepared when you step into the ballot box on November 6th.
Elected officials pay attention to who votes. An important step to being a voice for early care and education is registering to vote —and voting! As an advocate, you can increase voter and civic engagement by registering the families and the communities that you already serve. IAFC’s goal is get 1,000 providers and parents registered to vote. You can help us get there! ! Voter Registration Video
Throughout this campaign season, we have will several videos coming examining who is on the ballot and what’s at stake in this election. Videos to watch for in the coming weeks include:
Illinois Action for Children needs your help to elect candidates that will advocate for equitable early child care and working families. We have created a Voter Registration Toolkit that you can find here (English / Spanish) or on our website. In the Toolkit, you will find how to register voters, ideas for engagement, and ways to plan an event. Voter Registration will be ongoing up until the October 9th deadline. Visit the IAFC website for additional resources and to learn more about our voter registration campaign.
September 25 is National Voter Registration Day! On this day, advocates, volunteers, and organizations from all over the country will hit the streets to help spread awareness on how to register to vote. Check out IAFC’s Voter Registration Toolkit to learn more about how you can celebrate this day by helping people in your community get registered.
While October 9 is the official deadline for registering to vote in the upcoming election, Grace Period Registration runs from October 10 through Election Day. During this time, registration is only available at these in-person authorized sites.
If voting on Election Day is inconvenient, you have options! Early Voting runs from September 27 - November 5 at these early voting sites. Otherwise, you can vote on Election Day, November 6. Find your polling location here.
Illinois Action for Children convenes early childhood community leaders and advocates every year for an early childhood policy caucus. At this caucus, you will learn about upcoming state and federal early childhood policies, the Early Childhood Lead Testing Rule, voter registration, the upcoming election, and more! The focus will be on your community as well as statewide affairs. You will get to talk about policy issues that matter to you and help inform Illinois Action for Children’s policy agenda for FY2019. The Regional Public Policy Caucuses are also a great way to network with other early childhood professionals.
Register for a policy caucus near you! The content for each caucus will be the same – simply pick the one that works best for you! Registration is $15 and lunch is provided.