Posts in Voting Rights Project
Voting Rights Advocates Testify Before Illinois House Committee for Strong & Timely AVR Implementation

AVR was enacted in 2017 in Illinois, with unanimous bipartisan support in the House and Senate. Yet it appears that Illinois will not meet the July 1, 2018 deadline written in the law for establishing opt-out voter registration at Driver Services facilities, the cornerstone of AVR and the tool that would actually make registration “automatic”.

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A Fond Farewell to Ryan Cortazar

This week, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee says farewell to an exceptional lawyer, Ryan Cortazar.Ryan is completing the prestigious Redstone Fellowship for Harvard Law graduates, and we are deeply honored that he chose to make Chicago Lawyers’ Committee home for his fellowship. We congratulate him on his upcoming clerkship with Judge David Hamilton on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Bloomington, Indiana.

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Illinois Must Not Comply with the Pence-Kobach Commission's Request for Private Voter Data

On Wednesday, the vice chairman of Donald Trump's Election Integrity Commission, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, sent a letter to election authorities across the United States seeking voter roll data that includes name, address, birth date, the last four digits of Social Security numbers and voting history going back to 2006. Read our letter to the Illinois State Board of Elections.

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New Voter Data Site Shows Over 1,000 Voting Issues on Election Day in Illinois; Suggests Solutions for Reform

During the 2016 general election, our Voting Rights Project ran a hotline to assist people experiencing problems trying to vote. More than 300 legal volunteers were trained to answer phone calls and monitor hundreds of polling places throughout Chicago and the suburban counties. With the help of Moment Design, you can now explore the data to see how different Illinois voters experienced various barriers to the polls in 2016.

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