voting rights

DePaul University

This week, an election-focused episode with Dr. Christina Rivers, associate professor of political science at DePaul University. She studies voting rights, African American politics and she’s taught several inside-out classes at the Stateville Correctional Center with students on the inside and DePaul students.

Judith Meyer

Our guest this episode is Judith Meyer, she’s an artist -- a painter, to be exact -- and art professor at Rock Valley College.

Judith talked to host Peter Medlin about how to virtually teach about art, the unexpected places around the world her art has gone to, what she's been working on during the pandemic, creativity as a spiritual exercise and so much more.

Peter Medlin

With weeks until election day, Illinois is breaking early voting records. Residents are voting in person, by mail and delivering ballots to drop boxes.

Americans are crafting voting plans on how they want to cast their ballot during a pandemic.

Alex Boutros is the community organizing manager at Chicago Votes. They’re reminding voters that even if you requested a vote-by-mail ballot, you can still change your mind and vote in person.

Susan Stephens

Tuesday is the deadline to register to vote by mail in Illinois.

Most people in county jails haven’t been convicted of a crime. And those people awaiting trial are still eligible to vote. If you're a registered voter, you may still request a mail-in ballot while you're detained before the election. 

2020 is the first year where county jails in Illinois are mandated to have a vote-by-mail system in place for those people. 

Joyce Klein is the chief of corrections in DeKalb County.

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A few years ago, DePaul professor Dr. Christina Rivers started teaching a different kind of law and politics course.

About half of the class is made up of typical DePaul students and the other students are serving time at the Stateville Correctional Center. The class is held inside the maximum security prison.

Her class does a group project where they create a policy proposal. Half of the projects students presented were about voting rights and education in the first year at Stateville.

Peter Medlin

Illinois residents will go to the polls to vote Tuesday. But coronavirus concerns are causing election officials to take precautions and make last-minute changes.

Counties across Illinois moved polling locations out of nursing and retirement homes. Over 150 locations were changed just in Chicago.

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Illinois’s League of Women Voters is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the state being the first to ratify the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.  

 

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The Illinois Primary is fast approaching, and early voting has already begun. Election Protection, a national nonpartisan coalition, is offering a toll-free number staffed by attorneys to help. 

Timna Axel is with the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, which leads the Coalition’s efforts in Illinois. She says citizens have a right to vote but, all too often, there are problems with the process.