Press Release

Statement on the Board's Appeal to Circuit Court Decision on Citywide Referendum Question

“The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners will appeal the decision of the Circuit Court of Cook County to deny its Motion to Dismiss the lawsuit concerning the citywide referendum question. The Board maintains that it is not a proper defendant in this case, and that the City of Chicago is a necessary party. The Board will request an expedited review by the Illinois Appellate Court.”

Max Bever, Director of Public Information, Chicago Board of Elections

Statement on Today's Court Hearing Regarding the Citywide Referendum Question

“Today, Judge Kathleen Burke granted the Plaintiffs’ Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings and invalidated the citywide referendum question on the March 19th Primary ballot. 

The Circuit Court has not yet entered any written order based on the results of today's hearing. As such, the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners has not yet moved to appeal this decision and is still evaluating its options. 

National Voter Registration Day Focus: Youth Engagement

Chicago - In celebration of National Voter Registration Day, Chicago Election Board officials discussed various initiatives that will help engage more young voters in advance of the 2016 elections, including on-line registration, election-day registration, a mobile platform for web services, ongoing leadership in the hiring of young poll workers, and civics education.

Gough: Think globally, act locally on voter language assistance

‘If you take care of the community, the community will take care of you’

Gough Speaks on Best Practices in Translations

COLLEGE PARK, MD – Lance Gough, Executive Director of the Chicago Election Board, credited the late Mayor Harold Washington on Wednesday with inspiring the wide-ranging language outreach programs that the Chicago Election Board offers.


Private group mails voter registration forms

A private organization called the Voter Participation Center (VPC) is sending millions of letters to prospective voters throughout the United States, but some recipients are not eligible because they are too young or not yet citizens. Still other recipients are already registered to vote. And in some cases, recipients have reported the solicitations were addressed to their deceased relatives. While some recipients need to register and will find these forms helpful, voters who are unsure whether they already are registered are advised to check their registration status online here.
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