Press Conference: Protect the right to vote for ALL Illinois residents! #HB4469
WHAT: Protect the Right to Vote Press Conference #HB4469
WHO: Chicago Votes and Color Of Change
WHEN: August 16, 2018 @ 11 -1:00 pm CT
WHERE: The Roof at Joy District, 112 W Hubbard St, Chicago IL 60654*
There are approximately 20,000 people detained in jail pre-trial in Illinois. Those who are citizens have the right to vote in elections. However, without a formal process in place, voting in jail is nearly impossible for people awaiting trial. The right to vote is not real unless people can exercise that freedom. With Black and Brown people constantly being over-policed and pipelined into incarceration, the refusal to provide ballots to prisoners is targeted disenfranchisement. Illinois House Bill 4469 requires county jails and election authorities to collaborate in creating a process that ensures people on pre-trial can cast their ballot during elections. At this very moment, the legislation, passed by both the Senate and the House, is sitting on Governor Rauner's desk!
On Thursday, August 16, we are coming together to send a very clear message to Illinois Governor Rauner - protect the right to vote for ALL Illinois residents.
Let's build Black and Brown political power together! Join us for a powerful event.
*Please note: the location for this event had to change due to a potential storm.