VOTE 2020 - YWCA Lake County

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW RIGHT NOW

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YOUR VOTE IS YOUR VOICE

We know that voting is critical to ensuring a healthy, safe, and empowered future for us, our families, and our communities. We also know that new challenges to the voting process posed by the COVID-19 global pandemic, along with pre-existing systemic and historical barriers to the voting booth for communities of color, have made our collective commitment to civic engagement even more critical this election year.

As one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the country, we are especially committed to doing our part to make sure women get to the polls and that our experiences and needs are valued, represented and made a priority to those we elect to public office. That’s why we’re working with 200+ YWCAs across 45 states and Washington, D.C. to help build political power in our communities.

Make sure you and your friends and loved ones are registered to vote, be sure to double-check your registration, and develop a plan for voting well in advance of the election – whether that be voting by mail, voting early, or showing up to the polls on November 3rd!

Click on the buttons below to get started.

This is your voice, your vote, your future.

Pledge To Vote

Register to Vote Check Your Registration Status Change Your Voter Registration Request an Absentee Ballot Find Your Polling Place

Due to COVID-19, some voting requirements and options may shift in the coming months.

A few helpful reminders and ideas:

  • REGISTER TO VOTE! And if you’re already registered, remember  to double-check to confirm your voter registration is still active and update your registration if you’ve moved or your name has changed.
  • Get your friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors registered! That friend who just isn’t into politics? Your cousin who just turned 18? Help them see the value in showing up to the polls, and encourage them to pledge to vote this election!
  • Spread the word in your community! Although in-person door-to-door and tabling at events might be difficult this year, you can still help new voters in your community register to vote by sharing this voter registration online formQR code, or flyer with everyone you know. Share these resources digitally through social media, text, or email, or in person by dropping off the flyer at your neighbors’ doorsteps, encouraging local businesses to incorporate the QR code into their promotional materials, or posting the flyer in well-frequented places like your local library, laundromats, or grocery stores – it’s time to get creative!
  • Host your own voter engagement event! Whether it’s volunteering to plan or participate in a voter registration drive, offering to help your local YWCA translate existing materials into additional languages, helping with virtual voter education events, or simply lifting up efforts through social media — we can each play a role in empowering our community. Check out YWCA’s 2020 GOTV Toolkit for more ideas!
  • TAKE THE YWCA PLEDGE TO VOTE! And encourage your friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors to take the pledge as well!
  • Get to know the election process in Illinois! The 2020 General Election will be held on November 3rd across the United States, but the voting process – including deadlines, options, and barriers – vary widely by stateCheck the Illinois election office’s website to familiarize yourself with information and deadlines.
  • Develop your plan to vote! Will you be voting early in person? By mail? On Election Day? Consider adding reminders of upcoming deadlines to your calendar, and consider picking three friends, family members, colleagues, or neighbors who might otherwise not vote and encourage them to develop their own voting plan.
  • Sign up to participate in National Voter Registration Day! YWCA is a premier partner of the National Voter Registration Day, a nonpartisan event on September 22nd with the goal of making sure everyone has the opportunity to vote. You can be a partner too: sign up as an organization or as an individual today!
  • Raise your voice on social media to encourage and remind people why it’s so important to vote! In particular, we encourage you to support and help women, especially women of color, get to the polls. We want to make sure that the experiences, needs, and issues that women and marginalized communities care about are made a priority on Election Day and to those we elect to public office. Amplify and use the hashtag #YWomenVote on social media — to get started, share our GOTV video.
  • SHOW UP ON ELECTION DAY! Whether voting early in person, by mail, or on November 3, follow through on your plan to vote!

COVID-19 Update

YWCA Lake County will be closed to the public starting Tuesday, March 17th until further notice. Program staff will be available remotely to continue providing services. Please see the link below for the latest information from YWCA Lake County regarding events and services amid COVID-19.

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