In Chicago and across the country, the next two months represent a historic opportunity to participate in our democracy and help shape the future of our communities. Chicago Fire FC encourages everyone to stand for Chicago and make their voices heard, both by exercising your right to vote and by ensuring you are counted in the 2020 census.

Whether you reside in Chicago or anywhere in Illinois, now is the time to confirm you are properly registered to vote at your current address. Confirm your status or register now in advance of the Oct. 18 deadline in Illinois.

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Chicago residents can access a wealth of helpful voting information at ChicagoElections.gov, including important dates and deadlines, voting machine tutorials, polling location maps and more guides to facilitate your experience.

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After confirming your voting status and location, knowing what to expect on the ballot is a crucial next step in exercising your right to vote. See the offices, candidates and referenda that will appear on the ballot in Chicago.

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For the first time ever, the Clerk's Office will offer secure mail ballot drop boxes at locations staffed by Clerk employees. View a map of dropbox locations throughout Cook County. Ballots may also be returned via USPS.

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Your vote counts, and so do you. Complete the 2020 census questionnaire to help ensure the proper allocation of vital resources in our communities and representation at all levels of government. It takes just 10 minutes to complete.

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Rally the Vote is a nonpartisan coalition, led by the NBA’s Sacramento Kings in partnership with When We All Vote and RISE, composed of over 40 professional sports franchises teaming up to urge their fans to register to vote and participate in elections. Teams from the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, MLS, WNBA and NWSL have joined the effort to encourage fans to get in the game and make their voices heard. Learn more at rallythevote.org.

There are numerous ways to get involved and to assist and encourage others in the voting process. Below are just a few of the organizations in Chicago making an impact this fall:

 

ENCOURAGING VOTING

  • VoteFwd.org/bigsend: Sending a Vote Forward letter is one of the easiest things you can do to increase election turnout. It only takes a couple of minutes and a stamp to meaningfully increase the odds that a fellow citizen will vote.
     

POLLING PLACE VOLUNTEERING

  • ProtectTheVote.net: If you agree that every eligible voter deserves to have their voice count, you can take action from home or in person by serving as a nonpartisan Election Protection volunteer.
     
  • PowerThePolls.org: America is facing a record shortage of poll workers this year due to the coronavirus. Our democracy depends on ordinary people who make sure elections run smoothly and everyone's vote is counted. You can make sure we have a safe, fair, efficient election for all.