Throughout the months of September, October, and November, a group of Illinois Tech departments including the Lewis College of Human Sciences, the Illinois Tech Coalition for Inclusion, and the Galvin Library will be working together in a campaign to increase voter participation in the November 2018 General Election, specifically among Illinois Tech students.
The Illinois General Election will be held throughout the state on Tuesday, November 6. In this election, all of the state’s executive officers will be up for election, as well as all 118 seats in the Illinois House of Representatives and all 18 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Perhaps most notable from this list of elections will be the Illinois gubernatorial election, between Democratic candidate Jay Robert (J.B.) Pritzker, incumbent Republican Governor Bruce Rauner, Libertarian candidate Kash Jackson, and Conservative candidate Sam McCann. A more detailed breakdown of the election can be found at https://ballotpedia.org/Illinois_elections,_2018.
In order to be eligible to vote in the state of Illinois, you must be a legal U.S. citizen, be at least 18 years of age by November 6, and have been a resident of your precinct for at least 30 days prior to the election. Voters who meet these requirements can register to vote online at https://nationalvoterregistrationday.org/.
To further encourage civic participation among the Illinois Tech student body, the aforementioned parties will be participating every weekday on the MTCC bridge from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. inviting all students, staff, and faculty to sign voter commitment cards pledging “I WILL VOTE.” In the final four weeks leading up to the November 6 Election Day, these cards will then be posted on the MTCC Bridge windows, a decision based on studies showing how public commitments such as these can greatly increase the probability of voters following through on their commitments.
TechNews would also heavily encourage all our regular readers who are able to register to vote and be ready for the Illinois General Election. Civic engagement as U.S. citizens is a cornerstone of the democratic process, and exercising one’s right to vote is an invaluable component of this process. The availability of online resources (such as the ones identified above) make this process much easier than it ever has been before.
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