Magness PUSHing voter registration fever

BETTY MAGNESS promotes National Voter Registration Day as she registers a potential voter. She stressed the importance of voting on November 8.

By Chinta Strausberg, Chicago Crusader

Betty Magness, Illinois political director for the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, is busy registering people to vote for what the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. calls the Nov. 8th “superbowl” election, long after last Tuesdays’ National Voter Registration Day (NVRD).

Registration ends October 11th; however, Magness asks that you click on and click on “register to vote.” “What is most encouraging about doing voter registration is seeing the new millennials step up and play their part in the upcoming election.”

According to the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, early voting for the November 8, 2016 General Election runs from October 24 to November 7th, Monday through Saturday – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

You can also vote during the evening hours Monday, October 31st to Friday, November 4th from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Monday, November 7th from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Illinois is one of 33 states and the District of Columbia that allow early voting, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Those states that do not have early voting are: Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; New Hampshire; New York; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Virginia; and Washington.



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  1. My name is jessie and i live Bradenton FL. and i would like to know how can i get registered to vote our governor( Rick Scott) declared a state of emergency because of hurricane on the southeast coast of Florida and the voter’s deadline is 10-11-16 please if you help me I’m late because i work two jobs but need to vote sign desperate floridian who need to vote.

    • According to “Because of Hurricane Matthew, many Floridians who would have registered to vote prior to the October 11 registration deadline have been displaced and therefore cannot register to vote. Moreover, many offices at which voters could register in person and U.S. Postal Offices where voters could submit registration applications have been closed, preventing Floridians in areas impacted by Hurricane Matthew from submitting their registration materials. As a result, enforcing the October 11 voter registration deadline disproportionately burdens the voting rights of Floridians in storm-affected areas.” It appears there is no solution inlace to assist you to vote beyond the deadline. You could try to call your local city hall.


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