March , 2019

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CHICAGO, IL –  On Friday, June 17th, Chicago Votes will be hosting “Automate It: Chicago Votes’ in Celebration of Automatic Voter Registration” from 7PM-10PM at NYCH Gallery in Pilsen, 634 W. 18th St. Tickets can be purchased online.

On May 31, the Illinois General Assembly passed SB 250, also known as Automatic Voter Registration, with bipartisan super majorities. Sponsored by State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) and State Representative Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston), the bill reforms current registration laws so that when an eligible Illinois resident receives services at a designated state agency such as Drivers Services, he or she will be automatically registered to vote unless they opt out.

The fundraiser celebration will highlight local businesses: Oxtail Filipino Inspired, Revolution Brewery, and Warrior Vodka, performances by local artists, testimonies from Chicago Votes’ young organizers who advocated for Automatic Voter Registration, and appearances by Chicago City Treasurer Kurt Summers, and Illinois Representative Robyn Gabel. The event is open to the public, and is non-partisan in nature. For more information, see the event’s Facebook page.

It is projected that the Automatic Voter Registration process could add over 2 million voters to the roster over several years. The bill is now moving to Governor Rauner’s desk for his signature. Instrumental in the effort to pass the bill was the Just Democracy Coalition – a group of non-partisan, non-profit organizations dedicated to democratic policy reform – of which Chicago Votes is a member.

“Young people from all communities across the state will benefit from a modern electronic voter registration system that saves the state time and money and makes our voter rolls more accurate. We want to see the world’s greatest democracy live to its fullest potential and we’re moving closer to that,” said Chicago Votes executive director Christian Diaz.

Chicago Votes engages young Chicagoans, specifically those from underrepresented communities, in the civic process – focusing specifically on voter registration, leadership training/education, and legislative issue campaigns committed to voter modernization and campaigns that amplify the voices of young people.

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