(03/28/2021 update)

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We care about the environment, taxes, healthcare, and fairness 

Join our efforts to bring better government to our county, state, and nation

Early Voting in DuPage

Local Elections April 6, 2021

Do you know the people in charge of putting your tax money to use? April Municipal elections are a great time to get to know some of them and our February and March meetings are meant to do just that (see meeting links below).

 

Local representatives are the easiest elected officials to personally get time with because they represent so many fewer residents than the elected officials in the national news. These officials are your neighbors and part of social circles in your community.

 

This April 6th, we'll vote for our representatives on many local boards including Township administrations (find your township here), village/city/town councils, school boards, public library district boards, and fire protection district boards. They are in charge of maintaining most of the roads we use, maintaining sewers and water lines, employing police and fire fighters, overseeing our community schools, determining what books and policies our public libraries follow, preparedness at the fire departments we rely on, and much much more. 

Hear from candidates directly by watching recordings of our February and March meetings where candidates were given approximately 2 minutes each to make their pitch for your vote.

February and March Meetings

Thursday, February 18th - Municipalities (village/city/town)

Click here for the event recording on social media.

Click here for the list of candidates.

 

Thursday, March 4th - School Boards

Click here for the event recording on social media.

Click here for the list of candidates.

Thursday, March 18th - Townships, Libraries, Fire, & all others.

Click here for the event recording on social media.

Click here for the list of candidates.

Democracy Reform: HR1

One of the foundational issues for Indivisible is the healthy functioning of democracy. We believe that when more citizens participate in voting, democracy works better. When we focus on finding solutions to issues we all face, we all do better. 

 

Unfortunately, our current voting rights are a patchwork with some states prioritizing inclusion of eligible voters (enfranchisement), and some trying to make it harder and harder for eligible voters to actually cast their ballots or have their voices heard (disenfranchisement). Voting isn't only about getting your ballot cast, it's also about the right to be fairly represented so your vote and your voice count just as much as your neighbor or fellow countryman in other parts of the US. Over time, elections have become more about who has the money to speak louder or who controls the drawing of district lines to choose their voters instead of competing fairly for the privilege and honor of representing their community.

 

It took time to get us here and it will take time and effort to dig us out, but that's what Indivisible is all about - making the change we wish to see. 

In 2019, the US House of Representatives passed HR1, the For the People Act and HR51, the DC Statehood bill. The new Congress has reintroduced these bills.

 

HR1 includes several measures that give citizens a more equal voice in our government:

  • expands voting rights to protect the right of eligible voters to actually cast their ballot

  • improves election security measures to increase confidence in our elections

  • establishes public funding for elections and enforcement of campaign finance rules, so the wealthiest voices don't drown out everyone else

  • ensures ethics laws apply to ALL government officials including enforcement of rules concerning conflicts of interest, lobbyists, and financial disclosure and divestment

  • provides plans to fight racial and partisan gerrymandering at all levels of government, so our representatives have to earn our votes instead of selecting their voters

HR51 enfranchises residents of DC, who do not currently have a Representative with voting rights or any Senate representation despite being home to over 700,000 voters (more than several states). DC residents have fewer voting and representation rights than any citizen in our 50 states and even US citizens who live overseas. Providing DC residents this federal status through HR51 is long overdue and brings their rights to representation in line with that of all other US citizens.

The Call to Action

We believe that good governance and government require clear, fair, and enforceable rules that apply to everyone. We need your help to get these fair practices into law. Please call, email, tweet, and otherwise let your Representative in Congress (find your representative here) and your Senators know that you support a more fair democracy with the passage of HR1 (the For the People Act) and HR51 (DC Statehood Bill).

Get Involved Locally

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We hope you'll consider joining our group of volunteers here at Indivisible DuPage. It's free and there are no obligations or dues. Click here to send us an email. Meanwhile, please help progressive candidates in April by putting a sign in your yard, talking to neighbors, meet and greet hosting, phone banking, data entry, event coordination, social media creation, or fundraising.

 

You can learn how grass-roots political action works by watching authentic "how to" tips and techniques videos by real people - not actors. See our own Diane Hewitt on iTunes or Podbean.

Meanwhile be sure to see our News page for the latest events and keep up with Indivisible DuPage on Facebook and Twitter. Curious about what we do? See our weekly newsletter archive here, our previous meeting archive here, "Must Reads" archive here, and sign up to get email notices of our activities here.

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Did you know that 30% of the 614,752 registered voters in DuPage county didn't vote in the 2016 presidential election? That more than twice that many didn't vote in the 2016 primary election? Did it matter? Ask the 14th Congressional District candidate who lost DuPage by three votes! Every vote counts, which is why you've got to get involved.

Your Representatives in Washington

 

Democrats were elected in historic numbers because your parents' Republican party is gone

Did you know that Theodore Roosevelt founded the National Park System, Richard Nixon created the EPA, Ronald Reagan legalized four million immigrants, and George Bush gave us Medicare drug coverage?

In an appearance at Benedictine University in Lisle, longtime Wisconsin talk show host Charlie Sykes decried how the party of "family values" had come to embrace a man like Donald Trump.

 

The author of How the Right Lost Its Mind​ was particularly scornful of politicians who abandon their principles and enable a President who seems at odds with everything the Party of Lincoln once stood for. 

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