An educated electorate is essential to democracy. Effective with the 2016-2017 school year, a new Illinois law mandates a semester of civics education in high school. We anticipate that acquiring the skills of civil discourse and understanding the structures of our democracy will increase interest and participation in governance and voting processes. In the end, we trust that students will internalize a fundamental truth--EVERY vote counts.
On November 8, more than 400 5th-8th grade students at Glencoe's Central School had the opportunity to participate in mock elections. This Election Day event capped off a year of extraordinary volunteer efforts by our many members interested in Voter Service issues. Thank you to the eight Glencoe members for their efforts managing this event.
FOR THE PRIMARY AND GENERAL ELECTION SEASONS OF 2016, we offered services in multiple venues, sometimes at our suggestion, sometimes invited by facilities.
1. Offered voter registration at 15 venues
In all, we registered 305 new voters, including one proud new citizen from Hungary.
Our fantastic team of 21 deputy registrars volunteered dozens and dozens of hours toward voter registration. We also provided valuable information to current voters, and spread terrific publicity about the League.
2. Sponsored mock elections at the high schools
3. Co-sponsored 2 candidate forums
9th Congressional (2 Congressional candidates, 2 State Rep candidates)
10th Congressional (2 Congressional candidates, 2 State Senate and 2 State Rep)
4 volunteers answered the call by LWV Wisconsin to serve as Election Day observers in Racine and Kenosha, as Wisconsin implemented a new Voter ID law widely viewed as a measure to suppress the vote.
Distributed Bookmarks to the Glencoe & Glenview Public Libraries, area book stores & local businesses, showing key dates and information resources on judicial and political candidates.