BELVIDERE - Elections are fast approaching and groups across the country want to make sure people have their voices heard in the upcoming election. Tomorrow marks National Voter Registration day, and people across the Stateline are helping to get out the vote.
Workers in the
"A lot of the forms that we've received have been changes of addresses, a lot of women that have gotten married need to change their name legally," said Margie Mullins, Winnebago County Clerk.
The biggest group of new registrants is those just eligible for the first time.
"Probably if anything we've had more people, especially the young people which is encouraging to see, because the young people are what make this nation in the future," said Mullins.
For those just eligible to vote for the first time, you can't register to vote completely online. You do have to print out the application and fill it out manually before returning it to the appropriate office, but it's still a simple process.
But for some like those with a language barrier - it may not be that simple. That's why Cristina Gloria, a part of the Latino Leadership Coaltion, is helping Hispanics get out the vote.
"We've been gathering information for the different communities about where they can go to vote, what organizations are doing it, how you can do it, and we've been trying to communicate that to potential voters," said Gloria.
Her group is helping spread the word about organizations like Alerta, which is
organizing voter registration booths around the
"Some of them [Latinos] I think they're holding back not to register," said Gloria.
"I think many people, not only Latinos, but across populations sometimes they say, 'You know they're going to do whatever they want anyway,' or 'My vote is only one vote,' but it's just not true."
The deadline to register to vote is October 9th.
Voter Registration Information
Alerta Assistance Locations & Times
September 30 - 1:00 - 4:00 PM @ La Canasta, Fiesta Market & Alerta
October 5 - 3:00 - 7:00 PM @ La Canasta, Fiesta Market & Alerta
October 9 - 3:00 - 7:00 PM @ La Canasta, Fiesta Market & Alerta
*Proper ID and proof of residence is required.
Registration Locations in
29 - 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Logli's on
30 - 12:00 - 5:00 PM @ Logli's on
6 - 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Logli's on
7 - 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Logli's on
For more information on how to register to vote click here to get the form to register to vote in both English and Spanish.