Election day is Thursday, November 6 and ACCESS urges you to make your voice heard! Exercising your right to vote is a civic duty and your vote matters. By participating in the electoral process, you make change happen.
Why you should vote
Midterm elections on November 6th are elections that take place between presidential elections. The 2018 midterm elections will decide 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, one-third of all U.S. senators, 36 state governors, three U.S. territory governors and many city mayors. State and local ballots decide offices such as governor, seats in the legislature, mayors, judges and other local officials as well as issues and initiatives that affect the laws, taxes and budgets of your state, county or town.
It’s crucial to be an informed voter. Take the time to learn about each candidate’s commitment to issues that are important to you and your family, in addition to local ballot measures and how they will affect you and your community. Encourage your family, friends, coworkers and neighbors to make a difference and exercise their right to vote.
In addition to the issues on your local ballot, several major elections are taking place in Illinois this year, including:
- U.S. House of Representatives (Congress)
- Governor and Lieutenant Governor
- Attorney General
- Secretary of State
- State Senate
- State House
- State Supreme Court
- Intermediate appellate courts
Free rides on voting day from Lyft and UBER
This year, Lyft and UBER are helping voters get to the polls on Election Day by offering free and discounted rides. All you need is the app on your smartphone. An estimated 15 million people were registered but did not vote in 2016 because of transportation issues. Don’t let a lack of transportation keep you from being heard!
Important Dates, Deadlines and Information for Chicago Voters:
If you’re already registered to vote, you can participate in early voting for the general election. If you missed the October 9 deadline to register by mail, grace period voting and registration begins on October 10 and is available through November 5. Online voter registration closed October 21.
For Cook County residents who missed the October 9 deadline to register by mail, Early Voting and Registration will available through Nov. 5th. Visit https://www.cookcountyclerk.com/service/grace-period-registration-and-voting to learn more about Cook County voting locations.
For DuPage County residents who missed the October 9 deadline to register by mail, early voting and registration will available through Nov. 5th. Visit https://www.dupageco.org/Election/Voting/37060/ for more detailed information.
Not sure if you’re registered or qualified to register to vote? Get answers to your questions and check your registration status:
Your voice is important – let it be heard. See you at the voting polls on November 6!