RESPONSE TO CITIZEN VOTER INTEGRITY GROUP TO BE DISCUSSED
(Jan. 22, 2013) — On Tuesday, the Chicago Board of Elections and the Illinois State Board of Elections hold separate Board meetings. Defend the Vote will be at both meetings, and we encourage you to join us!
At both meetings, we will be discussing the November elections and upcoming elections. There will be breaking news.
1) The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners’ meetings usually start promptly, generally lasting from 20 to 40 minutes. The Commissioners are flexible for comment from the public and are receptive in their responses.
The next meeting of the Board of Election Commissioners is tomorrow: 9 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 in the Board’s 8th Floor Conference Room at 69 W. Washington St., Chicago. You can view the agenda here.
2) The Illinois State Board of Elections meetings last all morning and into the afternoon. Public comment is reserved for the end of the meeting, so don’t worry about arriving late. We usually do not speak before noon. Tomorrow may be different because the Board has a memo specially responding to Defend the Vote.
Overall, the ISBE Board members are hostile and degrading to the public when they comment, so come expecting to be abused, neglected, and in general diminished. It is critical to patiently persist until you make your point and then follow-up.
The Illinois State Board of Elections meeting is on TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2013. The meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Board’s principal office located at 2329 S. MacArthur Blvd., Springfield, IL and may be attended in Suite 14-100 of the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL via video conference. Attendance at the Thompson Center requires security screening and production of a government issued identification.
The Illinois State Board of Elections has provided us with a response to our letter from November 20th. Read the document here. Defend the Vote will respond during the meeting tomorrow, and then follow-up in writing on Wednesday.
As a closing note, please forgive me for the recent absence in communications. In early December, I was involved in an accident where I fractured 9 ribs and several bones in my upper left arm. I had to take time to heal. Feeling blessed, I am now working to get my range of motion back in my arm!
While there is lots to catch up on, we have used the time to internally develop our organization.
Defend the Vote looks forward to continuing to provide election security in 2013! Stay tuned…
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