Details on the August 2nd Kansas abortion rights referendum are still coming in, but one thing is certain, there was a significant increase in voter registrations in Kansas after the Dobbs decision. Those new voters appear to have made the difference in protecting reproductive freedom in Kansas.
Said more simply: TURNOUT MATTERS!
Here in Illinois there are a bunch of ways that people can get registered to vote. To find this info on-line just search for Illinois Voter Registration.
You can go to the DMV and register there.
You can go to the Winnebago County Clerk’s office at 404 Elm Street, Rockford.
You can register on-line here.
I spoke with our local libraries (Roscoe, Rockton, South Beloit). While they don’t do direct registrations they all have publicly accessible computers and librarians will assist if needed. South Beloit will be hosting a League of Women Voters registration event in September.
To register to vote:
You must be a United States citizen.
You must be at least 17 years old and turn 18 on or before Election Day, November 8th.
You must live in your election precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day.
You must not be serving a sentence of confinement in any penal institution as a result of a conviction.
You may not claim the right to vote anywhere else.
Here you can confirm you are already registered.
In Illinois you can register on election day, but why not get it done ahead? It takes only a few minutes.
Here is the call to action: Talk to your like-minded friends… are they registered?
For those who say “voting doesn’t matter” just look to Kansas. If thousands there had not registered and voted, Kansas’ Republican legislature would be passing new laws to take away reproductive freedom for the people of Kansas.