Action Alert
Support House Bill 4469

Urge your state representative to sponsor and support House Bill 4469, a bill that helps ensure that everyone who is eligible in Illinois to cast a ballot will actually have access to the vote.

House Bill 4469 calls on jail facilities across the state to have a plan for people detained pre-trial (and thus still eligible) to have access to the ballot, to exercise a right they already have. The bill also calls for eligible individuals leaving prisons and jails throughout the state to receive a voter registration form and information about their voting rights.

The bill supports our basic values in Illinois – the notion that everyone who is eligible should have the right to participate in our democratic system. Urge your state representative to sponsor or support House Bill 4469.


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Dear Representative,

As a constituent committed to expanding access to the ballot box in Illinois, I urge you to sign on as a sponsor to House Bill 4469. This measure helps ensure that everyone who is eligible in Illinois to cast a ballot will actually have access to the vote.

The bill achieves this goal by providing access to the ballot to approximately 20,000 people detained in jail pre-trial in Illinois each year, and information to the approximately 30,000 people who return from prison each year, all of whom are citizens are eligible to vote in Illinois upon release. Many of these citizens do not register to vote because they believe that their past criminal conviction disqualifies them. It would, as a start, call on jail facilities across the state to have a plan for persons detained pre-trial (and thus still eligible) to have access to the ballot, to exercise a right they already have. The bill also calls for eligible individuals leaving prisons and jails throughout the state to receive a voter registration form and information about their voting rights.
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This bi-partisan concept supports our basic values in Illinois - the notion that everyone who is eligible should have the right to participate in our democratic system. I urge you to raise your voice and vote in support of House Bill 4469.
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