Democracy in Action: Women Vote

What can you do right now, today, to be politically active and make Democracy work?

VOTE!!!

1. Register to vote!

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Will County

Check the status of your registration at

DuPage County Board of Elections

Will County Board of Elections

2. Vote in all elections; yes, even the primaries! Our next election, a consolidated primary election, will be February 28, 2017.

3. Become an election judge. Info at

DuPage County Board of Elections and

Will County Board of Elections

4.Become a deputy voter registrar and register voters!

DuPage County

Will County

TALK TO YOUR LEGISLATORS AND ELECTED OFFICIALS

1. Know who your legislators and public officials are – from the park district to the White House, and everyone in between! Common Cause has a handy dandy list of all your elected officials, right here

2. Contact your legislators in an effective manner so you will have an impact! According to former congressional staffers, the most effective action hands down is a phone call, preferably to their district or state office. Second best is to write a letter. For both phone calls and letters, stick to your own elected officials. If you are not in their district, they are just not interested. If it is possible to meet an elected official or staffer in person, keep it short and civil and to the point. Tweets, FaceBook, and emails have negligible impact.

3.Know how your legislators and elected officials vote. What are they doing on your behalf? Are they allowing drilling for oil at the local grade school, or permitting a water buffalo refuge in the downtown business district? Naperville City Council and Planning Commission minutes are here You can look up state and federal elected officials on VoteSmart.org If you don’t like they way your legislators voted, refer to #2 above and give them a phone call!

4. Keep on top of pending legislation and important court cases that affect issues important to you. Fair warning: this is a Byzantine art.

LWVUS will send you regular updates on important issues we cover.

GovTrackUS

SCOTUS tracker on USA Today

Supreme Court Review

PARTICIPATE IN YOUR GOVERNMENT

1. Attend government meetings and sign up to receive City of Naperville meeting agendas here , and attend meetings that cover issues important to you. Many meetings are also broadcast on TV or available to stream later.

2. Sign up to speak at government meetings. Often there is a sign-up sheet for speakers.

3. Get educated on issues, pending legislation, and court cases. LWVUS actively works to improve our government. Another good resource is Common Cause Illinois and U.S. Common Cause

4. Volunteer to serve on a local board or commission. Naperville’s Sister Cities Commission and the Advisory Commission on Disabilities are currently looking for new members. Apply here

5. Review your Civics education! Know how your government works! Go to My Civic Workout

6. If you are called to serve jury duty, do your duty and serve. It is really not that bad!

PROTEST

1. Go old school and write a letter to the editor.

2. Take part in a peaceful protest march, or organize a peaceful protest yourself.

Let’s March! Join the Women’s March on Chicago January 21, 2017, starting at the Petrillo Bandshell in Grant Park at 10 a.m. Help us send the new administration a message that women and our supporters will CONNECT, PROTECT, and ACTIVATE for women’s rights, civil liberties, and diverse issues. Women’s March on Chicago amplifies and honors other women’s marches also held January 21 around the world and across our nation.

3. Vote with your checkbook and boycott something.

4. Put a bumper sticker or car magnet on your car.

5. Stick a sign in your yard.

6. Wear a T-shirt or a button with a message.

7. Circulate a petition. Click here to sign the League of Women Voters petition against voter suppression.

8. Follow the Better Government Association and participate in one of their regular Citizen Watchdogtraining programs.

SUPPORT A CAUSE!

1. Volunteer to work for a campaign, a political party, or an organization.

2. Run for office!

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Will County

3. Donate $$ or help raise $$.

4. Host a coffee or an event to support a candidate or an issue. A cup of coffee and a some cookies make for good conversation starters.

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