Can I register to vote after National Voter Registration Day??
I heard that National Voter Registration Day was September 27th and we could go to the Roselle Library to register. I fully intended to register with you, but gee, my car broke down on the way to work, I couldn't get my groceries, and then I had to figure out how to get my kids picked up from school, and I was late getting dinner on, and well, by the time dinner was over, I just forgot! Then my boss called, and now I'm packing for a last minute business trip tomorrow through Friday.
So I really missed Voter Registration Day. Is it too late to register to vote? I think it's really important. Can you help me?
Cathy Casts Aballot
We're so sorry you had a rotten day. If it's any consolation, you're not alone, We all have them, although maybe not as difficult as yours. In any case, although we would have loved to have seen you on National Voter Registration day, all is not lost! We can register you here at the Library until October 11, 2016. After that, general registration is closed. You can also register to vote by mail. Go here for a downloadable application in either English or Spanish. You must have the application for registration by mail postmarked by October 11.
Online voter registration is available until October 23 if you have either an Illinois driver's license or an Illinois state I.D. Go here for online voter registration.
If you can't get to us by October 11, and you can't register online, there is Grace Period Registration and Early Voting. Beginning Oct. 24 and continuing through Nov. 7, you can register to vote and also vote at the same time. In fact, it is required that you vote when you register and you can't change your ballot later. There are several locations for Grace Period Registraton and Early Voting in DuPage County. The closest location to the Roselle Library is at Stratford Square Mall in Bloomingdale. Other locations are listed here, or you can call the Library (630-529-1641) for more information. Just remember that between October 24 and November 7, you need to be ready to vote when you register because you won't have a second chance.
Just think, one hundred years ago pursuing a career was not very common for women, and you wouldn't have been able to vote. We think voting is really important too.
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