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GENERAL ELECTION: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6

Am I Registered to Vote?

Find out if you are registered to vote.


Register to Vote
Making your voice heard at the ballot box is easier than ever before on the Illinois Online Voter Registration Application website. Visit the site to learn about the voter registration requirements, then click on the application tool to begin the registration process.

Illinois residents may also register in person at their local office of the election authority, at driver's license facilities, or with deputy registrars who are appointed in each jurisdiction.
To register you will need:
  • Your Illinois Driver’s License number or state issued ID number
  • Date the license or ID was issued
  • The last four digits of your Social Security number
  • Your birth date
If you do NOT have a Illinois Driver’s License or state issued ID number, you may register by using the State Board of Elections' paper based Voter Registration Application Tool.


Early Voting
You may vote early in person, no excuse required.

Early Voting begins as early as Thursday, September 27 and goes through Monday, November 5. Anyone can vote early, and no ID is required. However, it's always a good idea to bring an ID with you if you have one.


Absentee Voting
Absentee voting may take place in person or by mail. Contact your election authority for a list of the locations and office hours.

Military and overseas voters should visit FVAP.gov. Long Distance Voter's forms and information should only be used by voters with US mailing addresses.

The IFT urges all members to make sure their voice is heard by voting early, voting absentee, or voting in person on Election Day.


Student Voting
As a student, you have a constitutional right to register and vote in the place you truly consider to be “home” — whether that’s your parents’ house, your apartment, or your dorm room. But before you make the important decision about where to vote, make sure you know the rules (and sometimes consequences) of registering to vote in that state.

Another resource for students and first-time voters is provided by the Community for Accredited Online Schools and is available here. Find helpful information for every step of the voting process, from registering to researching candidates to casting your ballot. 


17-Year-Olds
A new law that permits 17-year-olds to participate in Illinois primary elections, as long as they will be 18 by the November general election.

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Submit your debate questions to MSNBC

by Beth Camplain | Jun 24, 2019
This primary is about ideas, so let’s make sure our fights are front and center.
For the past year and a half, our issues have been front and center on the national stage.

The work we’ve done has started to pay off. That’s why Democratic presidential candidates have put our issues front and center. And many have participated in AFT town halls.

We need to be more engaged than ever; and this week, we have an opportunity to make sure the entire country is paying attention. We can try to make sure what we’re fighting for is discussed during Democratic presidential debates.

MSNBC is hosting the debates and will be taking questions online. You can submit a question here.

We want to hear the candidates discuss issues that are important to us. Feel free to write your own question, but here are a few suggestions:

  • Do you support the teachers and school staff who have walked out and gone on strike around the country, and what is your plan to fully fund public education?

  •  A year ago this week, the Supreme Court overturned years of precedent to rule against unions in its Janus decision. What are your proposals to help working people organize in the aftermath of that decision?

There’s no wrong question, so feel free to go online and ask your own. This primary is about ideas, so let’s make sure our fights are front and center.


When are the debates,and where will they be held?
June 26 & 27, 2019
Will air on NBC and Telemundo

July 30 & 31, 2019
Will air on CNN

September 12 & 13, 2019
Will air on ABC

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