As of September 16, the voting information on this website has been redesigned and updated. Here's what's changed:
The Voter Ready team has developed a new promotional piece for anyone who wants a concise summary of what the League is and does in Champaign County. A bit larger than a bookmark, it's particularly useful for meetings where a single takeaway is needed. See the images below for the front and back of the promotional piece.
On July 18, the Illinois Supreme Court announced its decision today upholding the Pretrial Fairness Act and ending money bond in Illinois as of September 18.
For coverage of this decision, read the opinion here. The Coalition to End Money Bond released a statement regarding the decision.
The League of Women Voters of Illinois served as a member of the supporting Illinois Network for Pretrial Justice.
The source of this item is this article.
The Illinois legislature recently approved a bill that among other changes "allows an individual to pre-register to vote on or after turning 16 years old, with the registration on file with the appropriate election authority until the individual reaches 18 years old."
The bill also "establishes a task force to study the feasibility of adopting a ranked-choice voting system in certain elections, requires proposed Constitutional Amendments to be published in a newspaper’s digital equivalent, requires curbside voting at vote centers . . . and creates the Security of Remote Vote by Mail Task Force."
To see summaries of these and other changes, click on Senate Bill 2123 and scroll down to House Floor Amendment 4 and 5.
This item was taken from the May 2023 version of the LWVCC newsletter. Please note that this article refers to the Municipal Election held Aprl 4, 2023 as a "consolidated" election.
Those numbers speak about the story on a county-wide level, but you can also look further into individual precincts. Such as “City of Champaign 09,” which covers Garden Hills; it had a 2023 turnout of 5.2%. Whereas the precinct “City of Champaign 22,” which covers an area near Kirby and Prospect, had a turnout of 35.8%. Other interesting examples are “Rantoul 1” with 23.7% and “Mahomet 1” with 26.3%.
Attend the April 28, Civic Cafe on Friday April 28, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm at the 300 Levis Faculty Center (919 W Illinois St, Urbana, IL 61801 ) Refreshments provided. Register in advance https://go.illinois.edu/CivicCafe.
In 2022, the American Library Association (ALA), reported a record number of demands to censor library books. Access to literature that tells the story of human history, or inspires change, and compels us to action, is fundamental in a healthy democracy.
Join Dr. Emily Knox, for the April Civic Café discussion. Dr. Knox is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her most recent book Foundations of Intellectual Freedom (ALA Neal-Schuman) won the 2023 Eli M. Oboler Prize for best published work in the area of intellectual freedom. Emily recently co-edited Foundations of Information Ethics published by ALA Neal-Schuman . She also edited Trigger Warnings: History, Theory Context, published by Rowman & Littlefield. Emily’s previous book, Book Banning in 21st Century America, was also published by Rowman & Littlefield and is the first monograph in the Beta Phi Mu Scholars’ Series.
This WCIA March 28 item was prepared by Noah Nelson. You can read it at this link.
Because of an insufficient number of election judges, the number of polling places in the county has been reduced. The article lists the closed locations and the reassigned locations. Any eligible voter may vote at any polling location in the county during early voting and on election day.
Closed locations include:
Below is an article about a student journalist video about the League's role locally in encouraging voting. Although the video was produced for the November 8, 2022 election, the message of the video is still current.
For an update on voting in the upcoming April 4 Municipal Election, see this page.
This announcement was received by email from the Champaign County Clerk's office on February 25, 2023.
""Public notice is hereby given that at 12:00PM Tuesday, March 7th, 2023 the Champaign County Clerk's office will conduct a public test of the election tabulating equipment. This is to demonstrate that the equipment will correctly count the votes cast for all candidates and measures for the Consolidated Election to be held on April 4th, 2023. The location where the test will take place is the Election Supply Building at 202 S Art Bartell Rd., Urbana, IL 61802. Notice is further given that this test is open to the representatives of the political parties, the press, and the public."
This presentation will be March 3, 2023, 12:00 pm at the Max L. Rowe Auditorium, College of Law, University of Illinois. Learn more from the UI website.
Join the College of Law and Judge Luttig, formerly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, for a conversation about the lessons of January 6. Testifying before the U.S. House Select Committee, J. Michael Luttig called the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol a “war on democracy.”
Free and open to the public.
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