Voter registration deadline was Tuesday, but you have a second chance

Tue. October 5, 2010 3:05 AM by News Staff

The November general election is seen as a crossroads for LGBT rights

Chicago, IL - The November 2 general election is just four weeks from away, which means the deadline to registered to vote was Tuesday, Oct. 5. But there's still a way to make your voice heard.

Equality Illinois, a gay rights advocacy group, considers this an important election for LGBT rights in Illinois.

Voters in this election will elect candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, comptroller, U.S. Senate, representatives in Congress, state senators and representatives in the General Assembly, certain county offices and judges.

Illinois residents can confirm they are registered to vote through the State Board of Elections website.

Illinois residents can register at any driver services facility, you will need to bring two forms of ID. The registration requirements to be eligible to vote are: be a citizen of the United States; be at least 18 years old by Election Day; and have been a resident of the precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day.

For those eligible voters needing to register, a Voter Registration card is available online (PDF). After completing the card, Equality Illinois has made available a Deputy Registrar to pick up the form. To request an Equality Illinois Deputy Registrar, call Caroline Staerk at 773-477-7173.

Eligible voters who miss the Oct. 5 deadline may register during a grace period that runs from Oct. 6 until Oct. 26., but new registrations will have to vote absentee on the day you register.