Oct 102012


For Immediate Release


CHICAGO, Illinois, September 24, 2012 –

Facts: In 2008, when we elected the first black president, President Barack Obama

  • The black voter turnout rate increased by 8 percent from 2004 to 65.3 percent. 
  • And for the first time, the turnout among African-American women voters was the highest of all racial, ethnic and gender groups at 68.8 percent.
  • Participation by young African American voters between the ages of 18 and 29 soared by 17 percent over 2004 levels.

In our last message, we talked about WHY your vote matters.  This time, we want to talk about HOW to vote.


To use your voice, you must be registered to vote.  If you can’t get it done by the Tuesday, October 9 deadline, you can still register, change your address or file your name change during the “grace period”.

In Illinois, this grace period is from Wednesday, October 10 until Saturday, November 3

In Chicago, you can go to the Chicago Election Board between the hours of 9 am until 5 pm.  The address is 69 W. Washington on the 6th Floor.

If you live outside of Chicago, grace period registration and voting will be conducted at each Cook County Clerk’s office (Downtown, or at the Broadview, Markham, Maywood, Rolling Meadows, and Skokie courthouses).

You must bring two forms of identification (one must show your current address).

You can use your:

Illinois driver’s license
Illinois state ID
Employee or student ID
Credit Card
Social security card
Birth certificate
Utility bill in applicant’s name
Mail postmarked to the applicant
Valid U.S. passport
Lease or rental contract

After you take care of your registration business, you will vote during that same visit, so plan to be there AT LEAST one hour.


You don’t have to wait until November 6 to vote!

Early Voting Begins on Monday, October 22 Through Saturday, November 3.

In the city of Chicago, you can go to any of the 51 places to vote.  You don’t have to live in that neighborhood.

To find a place in the city, see the list of locations here.

If you live outside of the city, to find a place, see the list of locations here.

You don’t have to tell anyone why you are early voting (you DON’T need a reason).  State law requires early voters to display valid photo identification: current driver’s license, state-issued ID card, university/college ID or another government-issued ID with a photograph. All forms of ID must have correct information.

The Coalition of African American Leaders (COAL) strongly urges each and every one of us
to get out and Vote. Please tell them that you matter!

 Click here for COAL Press Release – Voting Is Your Voice 2.

The Coalition of African American Leaders (C.O.A.L.) believes that it is important to examine the critical issues confronting the African American community where injustice, inequality and the absence of access and opportunity continue to prevail, thereby negatively impacting us as a people.  C.O.A.L. is an assemblage that advocates and organizes for appropriate and responsible public policy change, system behavior change and equality of opportunity.  We aim to achieve for all of our people the fullness of the life experience without any form of racism or exclusion as a deterrent.  We believe we must prepare ourselves for the opportunity of this full participation, thereby achieving the necessary education and training to participate.

Contact: Clarence N. Wood, President
Coalition of African American Leaders (C.O.A.L.)
(312) 404-8269
[email protected]

Craig K. Wimberly, Chair
COAL – Public Policy
(773) 350-9315
[email protected]

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