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As a follow-up to the Illinois Election Protection 2012 program, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law are hosting a hearing on June 12 in Chicago to gather information about problems and successes with all aspects of voting in the state– from registration to early voting to election day.  The hearing is free and open to the public; anyone who is interested may attend and/or speak.  We expect to hear from voters, community leaders, advocates, and election officials.

Testimony at the hearing will be used by Election Protection in our ongoing efforts to protect the right to vote for all eligible citizens in Illinois and other states, and to improve the Election Protection program. 

There will be two ways that interested persons can submit testimony. 

  • Panels – There will be several formal panels of witnesses representing voting rights organizations, community leaders, election officials, and other stakeholders. The witnesses are encouraged to submit written testimony in advance of the hearing. A panel of Election Protection representatives and civil rights leaders will receive the testimony and may ask follow up questions. In order to participate on one of the panels, an RSVP is required (see below). 
  • Informal testimony by the public – There will be several opportunities throughout the event when voters can speak about their experiences. In order to speak during the “open mic” sessions, an RSVP is encouraged, but not required (see below).

The hearing will be video-taped and transcribed. For any voter who wishes to offer testimony in Spanish, an interpretor will be availabe from 4:00-7:00 PM. Para los votantes que desean ofrecer testimonio en español, un intérprete estará disponible desde 4:00-7:00 PM.

When:  June 12, 2013, 4pm to 8pm
Where: DePaul University College of Law (Room 341), 25 East Jackson Blvd, Room 341, Chicago, IL 60604

For more information, please contact Eileen O'Connor at or Marissa Liebling at Flyers in English and Spanish are available to download.


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