The text below was received as an email from the Champaign County Clerk's office. It was also advertised in the Classified section of the newspaper.
Public notice is hereby given that at 2:00PM Thursday, March 25, 2021 the 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 6, 2021. The location where the test will take place will be at the Election Supply Building 500 Art Bartell Rd.,Urbana, IL 61802. Notice is further given that this test is open to the representatives of the political parties, press, and the public. Due to COVID-19, space is limited, masks are required, and social distancing guidelines apply.
Aaron Ammons, Champaign County Clerk
Below is information from a March 23 article in the News-Gazette announcing their candidate questionnaire section. Their Election Central coverage (direct link here) may be helpful to voters as the April 6 election approaches.
"Two weeks from today, you get to decide who’ll serve on school boards, park boards, village boards, library boards, township boards, community college boards (and that’s just the short list) from Homer to Hammond. "
"Now live on our Election Central page at news-gazette.com: Q& As with 54 candidates for those posts, including the 40 pictured here and the four contending for two seats on the Urbana school board, whose excerpts you’ll find inside on Page B-2 [March 23, 2021 edition]. And coming in Thursday’s News-Gazette: an eight-page sample ballot showing the dozens of people and positions on the April 6 consolidated election ballot in Champaign County."
For another take on candidates in the April 6 Election, don't forget to visit the League's partner site VoteChampaign.org for questions/answers and much more information about the referendena and races coming up.
In 1920, the US adopted the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, which prohibits the states and federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex. The event represented decades of suffrage activism at the state and national level. Below is a link to some fascinating stories to remind us of that history.
These stories were prepared by Ashleigh D. Coren of the National Portrait Gallery and Sara E. Cohen of "Because of Her Story." The site says, "Advocating for voting rights was a job so big that no woman could do it alone. Get to know women who worked in their communities to advocate for the right to vote in this video series.:
Link: Eight Women's Voting History Stories You May Not Know
The League's Candidate Forums (co-sponsored by NAACP and the News-Gazette) are under way and being recorded for viewing. The first 7 videos are now available on the League's YouTube site. You can browse them there, or check out the specific links on the Candidate Forums page. These are the videos available so far:
Did you know that starting March 10 you can register and vote on the same day and at the same time? Voting and registering on the same day has the advantage of getting it all done at once. However, you must be prepared when you go. For information on same-day registration and voting, see County Clerk's website, under the topic "Grace Period Registration" on the Register to Vote page. Or take a look at the information below from the Register to Vote page of this website.
Register When You Go to Vote
You have the following options for registering on the same day and at the same time you vote:
This message is from the Deborah Turner, Board President, League of Women Voter: US (LWVUS).
What better way to commemorate Women’s History Month than by adding the Equal Rights Amendment to the constitution.
The ERA offers protection for all genders. One hundred years in the making, this is a crucial amendment whose time has come. It has been ratified by the required 38 states and is held back only by an ambiguous and legally questionable deadline imposed when it was passed 49 years ago.
Honor Women's History Month by helping make history. Tell Congress to remove the ERA ratification deadline.
“We need the ERA because our nation must close the book once and for all on the idea that equality of rights is a debatable issue. Because a constitution is not only a set of legal protections: it is a proclamation of a nation’s values.”
—Deborah Turner, Board President, League of Women Voters of the United States
This message and other News You Can Use are available online from the Illinois League of Women Voters (LWVIL).
A message and call to action from the Illinois League of Women Voters (LWVIL).
Changes to election laws that were put in place for Covid protection helped drive voter turnout to record levels in November. However, many of them expired at year’s end. These temporary changes represent great strides in protecting and expanding equitable voter access and LWVIL strongly supports legislation that would make them permanent.
LWVIL sent letters to key legislative leaders this week in support of election law changes we would like to see the Illinois General Assembly approve this spring. Among them:
This message and other News You Can Use are available online from the LWVIL.