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Civic Season

Civic Season | Virtual Panel Talk: Voting Rights in Illinois and the United States

Thursday, June 16

Local elections are a critical part of civic engagement and provide citizens the opportunity to have their voices heard in the political process from the earliest stages. Chicago’s local government has historically been vital to the lives and needs of all its residents, and yet local elections–and especially primary elections–tend to have very low turnout rates.

In anticipation of the Illinois primary election set for June 28, 2022, join us for a virtual, nonpartisan panel conversation about the importance of voting, voting access, and voting rights. Panelists include representatives from the Chicago Board of Elections, the American Civil Liberties Union, and others to provide both an historical and contemporary analysis of the current state of voting rights in Illinois and throughout the United States.

This event is free of charge; we would greatly appreciate a donation to the Museum in any amount. A Zoom link will be provided after registration.


Max Bever, Director of Public Information, Chicago Board of Elections



Rebecca Glenberg, Senior Civil Liberties Staff Counsel of the Roger Baldwin Foundation of ACLU of Illinois



This event is the second of four in our Civic Season series, which includes Flag Day, Juneteenth, and Independence Day. The Civic Series is presented in partnership with Made by Us and made possible thanks to the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities and AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate. 


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Ballot box regarding women's suffrage. ICHi-032106
People register to vote at the Board of Election Commissioners booth at the Black and Minorities Business and Cultural Expo held in the International Amphitheatre, Chicago, September 27, 1971. ST-19031753-0001, Chicago Sun-Times collection, CHM
A man stands in a voting machine with its curtains pulled back, touching a lever, Chicago, c. 1905. CHM, DN-0002491

The Details



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6:00–7:30 p.m.

Event Location


Chicago History Museum Sharing Chicago Stories