Voting by mail is also called absentee voting. This allows a registered voter to mail in their ballot instead of voting in-person on Election Day.
You do not have to give a reason to vote by mail – anyone can do it.
How To Vote By Mail
You have to apply for an absentee ballot by completing an application and mailing it to your county clerk or completing an application online. The application can be found by visiting the website for your county clerk’s office.
Visit your county website to complete an online application or print a paper application so you can vote by mail.
In April of 2020, members of the DC14 Women’s Committee held their second annual Book Drive to collect books and donate them to a local nonprofit organization, Open Books, whose efforts help bring literacy programs to children in need throughout Chicago. Open Books sells the donated books through their two bookstore locations, using the profits to feed their student literacy programs. The company was founded by Stacy Ratner in 2006 and now has two store locations, based in the Pilsen and West Loop areas of Chicago where they employ adult volunteers who work with participants during literacy workshops.
The DC14 Women’s Committee is proud to support Open Books’ partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program. It provides access to free, age-appropriate books for children delivered directly to their homes every month. Each book is carefully selected by a panel of experts on childhood literacy and early education. This incredible resource continues from birth until age 5 and is now enriching Chicago’s youth!
Dan Hernandez, James Teruel and Victor Hernandez drop off donations from the 2nd Annual Book Drive at Open Books
Unfortunately, the 2ndAnnual Book Drive’s success was curtailed by COVID-19 and did not exceed last year’s numbers. Despite Illinois being locked down in “Stay at Home” orders from the Governor, they were still able to donate (15) boxes of books, magazines and other digital media. A heartfelt thanks goes out to all the brothers and sisters who helped enrich a young child’s life through their actions.
Open Books accepts donations of any size year-round, so it’s never too late to invest in our children’s future. You can get more information on their programs as well the nation-wide Imagination Library program at: open-books.org.
On June 6, 2020, members of Painters District Council 14 gathered in the North Lawndale Neighborhood Community to help cleanup local areas impacted by protests over the senseless murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. They joined an amazing outpouring of North Lawndale and other concerned Chicagoland residents some totaled at over a thousand people, far more than the anticipated 100-200 volunteers.
Some of the early member volunteers gathering from Painters District 14
The event was structured by Kaleb Autman, an organizer from North Lawndale, Alderman Michael Scott, Jr. of the 24th ward and Pastor James Brooks of Harmony Community Church. Mike Dixon, Business Agent from DC14, procured many volunteers from his local 1332, as well as others. He was able to secure donated supplies for the cleanup from the district council and Finishing Chicago, the marketing arm of DC14, in the form of brooms, shovels, dust pans, gloves, safety glasses and boxes of construction-grade trash bags. Finishing Chicago was able to bring in a film crew to document the event for a future episode of ABC’s Built to Last television series.
Everything officially started with a rally where Alderman Scott thanked everyone from the bottom of his heart for showing up to help. He admitted he was overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of volunteers. Pastor Brooks had the last words before sending everyone off to five pre-determined “zones” for cleanup. His prayer for change and understanding culminated with a request everyone take a knee and join him in an 8 minute 46 second moment of silence honoring George Floyd’s senseless time spent under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer(s) while repeatedly crying out, “I can’t breathe.”
Alderman Scott is interviewed by the Answers Media film crew for ABC’s Built to Last series
The crew of volunteers dispersed throughout the neighborhood, several open lots, alleyways and streets alongside residences and businesses. Affecting the area as only a focused union of people can, with a common purpose, they bagged trash, removed overgrown landscaping and most importantly infused the area with a sense of positivity. Gathering for donated sandwiches at the end of the afternoon many volunteers were exchanging stories of happy residents offering their thanks. In many ways the community was left cleaner than it was before…as is the common practice of our Union.
We stand in SOLIDARTY with our Brothers and Sisters, UNION STRONG.
More footage of the cleanup can be seen at: fox32chicago.com/video/691405