Common Cause Illinois believes every American voter deserves modern, secure, fair, and accessible elections.
Illinois is the first state to have a Republican Governor sign automatic voter registration into law. Automatic voter registration makes common sense updates so more eligible Americans can register, vote, and have their voices heard, while at the same time safeguarding our election system with mandatory audits and better technology.
We need to keep up the pressure on our elected officials to ensure AVR is implemented in a timely fashion and that it represents all of our communities; 1.13 million voters in Illinois can be automatically registered to participate in our democracy if we keep up the pressure.
We want students to understand the importance of engaging with their local and state elected officials about issues that matter.
In February 2017, we helped increase student access to voting by restoring polling locations on the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. Led by our Common Cause Illinois Student Chapter at UIUC, all eight polling locations were restored in time for students to cast ballots. The students led a grassroots movement to put pressure on the county clerk to reinstate full access for students.
We are organizing students through several campaigns, including by hosting an Activist Academy, organizing students with their teachers in the Chicago Public Schools, and developing college chapters, and leaders at community colleges. Learn more.