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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

‘You can’t vote if you aren’t registered,’ County Clerk Kaczmarek tells DuPage Voters

Voters urged to check status, register online Tuesday

DuPage County Clerk Jean Kaczmarek urges voters to check their registration status and, if they’re not currently registered to vote, to do so online for National Voter Registration Day. 

National Voter Registration Day is a non-partisan occasion – this year on Tuesday, Sept. 22 – for the nation to focus on registering Americans to exercise their most basic right – the right to vote. 

"This has been a year like no other, and people understandably have a lot on their minds,” Kaczmarek said. “If you’ve moved recently, changed your name, or haven’t voted in a while, you may not be registered to vote. It’s easy to check your voter status and register if necessary, online. You can do both at dupageco.org/election.”

“People are very passionate about the candidates they support in this election, but no matter how strongly you feel about a candidate, it won’t count if you’re not registered to vote,” Kaczmarek said. “ I urge every DuPage County voter today to use the occasion of National Voter Registration Day and check their registration status. You don't want to show up at your polling place, only to find out you're not registered to vote.”

While Automatic Voter Registration gives Illinoisans the opportunity to register to vote at Secretary of State facilities when renewing their driver’s licenses, those sites are offering only limited services because of the COVID-19 pandemic, making online registration more essential than ever. Same Day Voter Registration is also granted in Illinois, however, registering in advance is a smart idea to keep lines moving at polling places.

“National Voter Registration Day is one of those rare opportunities for Americans across the political spectrum to set aside their differences to celebrate the rights and opportunities we all share as participants in our country’s democracy,” Kaczmarek said. “Never take the right to vote for granted.”