Not registered to vote? You’re in luck! This is one of the states that allows you to register AND vote on Election Day at your nearest town or city clerk’s office. Bring ID and wear a mask, and don’t forget to VOTE!

Presidential Race

This is a Blue state that has traditionally voted Democrat. Hillary Clinton easily won this state in 2016 and it is almost impossible for Joe Biden to lose here in 2020.

This means, because of the electoral system that we have, that your vote, if you live in Illinois, is not as crucial to the final outcome as it would be if you lived in a “battleground” state like Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Iowa or Florida.

HOWEVER, President Trump has refused to say that he will honor the results of this election, has claimed there will be widespread fraud and cheating, and has threatened to challenge the results in court. THEREFORE, every vote really does matter, even in Illinois, to ensure that Trump loses by a clear enough margin across the whole country and cannot therefore reject the results.

Please consider this when deciding whether to vote in this election against Trump (by voting for Biden) or not (by voting third party or not at all). Your vote really does count in this, of all elections, even if you don’t live in a “battleground” state.

Register to vote:

IllinoisOct. 6Oct. 18Nov. 3

Vote by mail:

IllinoisOct. 29November 3

Vote in person:

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AND, your most powerful contribution to this election may not be your own vote, but the vote of a friend, relative, colleague, former neighbor, or somebody else you know who does live in a “battleground” state. You may be the one person who can convince that person to vote, and to vote for our survival, at this election.

Click here for more ideas and help in convincing a friend or relative to vote.

Senate Race

The incumbent Democratic Senator, Dick Durbin, is likely to be re-elected, but he still needs your vote! 

House Races

The best we can hope for in 2020 at the Presidential and Senate levels is to get rid of Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell so that we will at least survive the next four years. But in the medium term, we need to elect politicians who support the Green New Deal, Medicare for All, the Nuclear Ban Treaty and other real, sustainable solutions to the global threats facing us all.

Luckily, we already have over 100 such politicians in the House of Representatives. We need to make sure they get re-elected, and we need to elect more of them!

If you live in US Congressional District 3, you have an opportunity at this election to vote for a new progressive candidate for the House of Representatives, Marie Newman!

Illinois District 3 – Marie Newman for US Congress

Marie Newman believes in health care rights, guarding social security benefits, decreasing income inequality, LGBTQ+ rights and common-sense gun safety.

And if you live in one of these other US Congressional Districts, you have an incumbent Democrat who is already a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus to support for re-election!

District 4 – Garcia

District 9 – Jan Schakowsky