Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Register for November 2008 US Election

US citizens, Illinois residents, and Chicago citizens alike, be sure to register for the 2008 US Presidential Election!
UPDATE: In general, you have until about October 3rd to register to vote for the November 4, 2008 election. Most states require you be registered 30 DAYS BEFORE the Election date.
BUT voter registrationDeadlines VARY BY STATE ! (Illinois deadline is Oct 7 for mail in, but you have a few extra days past that date -- in ILLINOIS ONLY-- to register in person at the Election Board offices.)

Go to the US Election Assistance Commission [EAC] website [] to find out the registration deadlines for your state. (Voter Registration requirements and deadlines vary by state.) The EAC website has the deadlines and general requirements for registering to vote for the November 2008 election FOR EVERY STATE.

You can download BOTH a VOTER REGISTRATION FORM, and the requirements for registration in your state from the
US Election Assistance Commission (US EAC). Mail in the completed registration form by the deadline or register in person. Some states may allow you to fax it in or you may need to take in the form in person.

MANY PUBLIC LIBRARIES (in many cities throughout the US) have voter registration forms.
Or, you may be able to register to vote at your local Driver Motor Vehicle Department.
The voter registration form (usually) is less than half a page long and shouldn't take you more than 15 minutes to fill out.

Take your time filing out the form, and complete ALL required info/questions. If you fill it out incorrectly or leave blank spaces, you won't be registered. If you need help filling out the form, ask a trusted friend to help you or go to your local library for help. (Avoid letting political staffers fill it out for you.)

If you filled out the form correctly, your local voter registration (municipal) authority should send you a voter registration acknowledgment (or card telling you where your polling place is located.)

If you don't receive acknowledgment of registration (or your voter card) approximately 35 days BEFORE the Nov. 4th, 2008 election date, then go in person to register. Don't wait.

Some states may allow you to register to vote via phone-- but many states do NOT allow you to register this way. (Don't confuse this with being able to cast your vote via phone.)
Go to the website to see what your state requires.

On voting day, bring at least 2 photo IDs with you when you go to vote. (Sometimes a current utility bill showing your name and address on it is accepted as additional ID.) Some states don't require ID, but many do. So be prepared w/ your ID on voting day.

Again, these ID requirements vary by state, so visit the site to see what is required in your state.

Citizens of the State of Illinois (ONLY) can get the Illinois voter registration form from the site. Download the IL PDF voter registration form, fill it out and mail it in TODAY!

Once registered, if your town/city offers it, take advantage of EARLY VOTING so you don't have to worry about getting to the polls before they close on Nov. 4th.

Chicago, Illinois (only) Early Voting - begins October 13, 2008 (Columbus Day) through Oct. 30th.
Visit the Chicago Elections Board website
[] to find out more about the Early Voting site in your Chicago neighborhood.

Tom Joyner & NAACP have joined to make getting voter registration forms easier. Call 1-800 MY VOTE1 to request a voter registration form (for any state in the Union). They will mail you the form, and you will need to fill it out and return the completed form to your city or state election board.

Mail in your Voter Registration !
Don't procrastinate !

Register to VOTE today !
Illinois deadline to register to vote is October 7, 2008 for the November 4, 2008 election.
(Other state registration deadlines will vary.)

Vote for Change.
Obama YARD Signs via or ShantyMinister's Flickr page.

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