Voter Registration

In order to gather data on the constituents we serve, CEP has decided to gather information on voter registration. On our supplemental intake for tax season 2018, we have added the question, "Are you registered to vote?" Data from the Census Bureau shows that people with lower incomes have lower voter registration rates and turn out less than those with higher incomes. The people that we serve are distinct from the general income-eligible population in that we know they engage with and take advantage of community resources like those we provide. CEP has included a question on voter registration because we are interested in knowing whether engagement with community resources corresponds with greater rates of civic engagement among our constituents. Please click here for more information on CEP's reasoning for including this question on our supplemental intake.

To that end, thank you for supporting us in these efforts. We have taken steps to arm you with the resources you will need to answer any questions you might get from clients or volunteers. Below is a list of useful resources.

First and foremost, please remember that there are certain requirements to vote in the U.S. including being US citizen. If an undocumented individual unknowingly registers to vote, they may hurt their chances of applying for citizenship in the future. Please be aware of this when working with our ITIN holding tax clients and inform them of these implications.

To vote in Illinois:

  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • You must be 17 years old on or before the date of the Primary Election and turn 18 on or before the date of the General Election.
  • You must live in your election precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day.
  • You must not be serving a sentence of confinement in any penal institution as a result of a conviction.
  • You may not claim the right to vote anywhere else.




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