Posted by Amy Schlumpf Manion on February 10, 2014
Despite the snow, campaign signs are popping up on lawns in the neighborhoods around Aurora University. While it may not appear to be a typical campaign season, there are several primary races that will be determined on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Candidates will be nominated for offices including U.S. Senate, Governor, Attorney General and representatives in Congress.
If you want to have a voice in this election, I encourage you to visit me in Phillips Library. I serve as a deputy registrar and can register AU students, faculty and staff through this Friday, February 14.
If you have voted in past elections, and have not moved or changed your name since then, you most likely will not need to reregister. However, if it has been a long time since you voted, or if you have moved or changed your name since the last time you voted, or you have never voted before, you will need to register to vote in order to participate in the General Primary Election. If you are not sure if you are currently registered to vote, please contact me and I can confirm your registration.
A new law took effect on January 1, 2014, stipulating that “a person who is 17 years old on the date of a primary election and who is otherwise qualified to vote, is qualified to vote at that primary.” So citizens born on or before November 4, 1996, and who otherwise meet the voter registration requirements are eligible to register to vote.
To be eligible to vote in Illinois, a person must:
• be a citizen of the United States;
• be a resident of the precinct in which he or she plans to vote for at least 30 days prior to the next election;
• not be under sentence in a correctional institution or jail (voting rights restored after completion of sentence);
• provide two (2) forms of identification; at least one of which contains the current name and address.
For more information, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-844-5442. You also may consult the online voting guide that has been created especially for the AU community at libguides.aurora.edu/voting.