Fanning the Flames: The Freedom Project Blog

10.05.2006

Election Day Dawns...

By Shawn Healy
Unless you live in a cocoon, you are well aware that Election Day is looming judging by the stream of negative television ads, candidates kissing babies, and desparate pleas for campaign contributions to perpetuate the cycle. Regardless of how distasteful the current political environment may be, it's our duty to carry the banner of democracy and make it to the polls on Election Day. In the midst of a protracted war on terror, a changing economic environment, and polarizing candidates and parties, our voice must resonate loud and clear as we chart the future course of this great country.

Our Programs Coordinator at the Freedom Museum, Kelli Landes, compiled a list of useful web sites that represent diverse voices, all geared toward voter registration and education.

LatinosVote.com
The League of Young Voters
National Voter Fund
Illinois Ballot Integrity Project
VotersUnite.Org
Declare Yourself
Equip for Equality
Project Vote Smart
Illinois Campaign for Political Reform
League of Women Voters of Illinois

Additionally, Illinois voters, and those in several other states, should remember that on-site registration is prohibited. One must register one month in advance of the election, and the clock is ticking...

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SHAWN HEALY

Managing Director

McCormick Freedom Project

Shawn is responsible for overseeing and managing the operations associated with the McCormick Freedom Project. Additionally, he serves as the in house content expert and voice of museum through public speaking and original scholarship. Before joining the Freedom Project, he taught American Government, Economics, American History, and Chicago History at Community High School in West Chicago, IL and Sheboygan North High School in Wisconsin.

Shawn is a doctoral candidate within the Political Science Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he received his MA in Political Science. He is a 2001 James Madison Fellow from the State of Wisconsin and holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science, History, and Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

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Fanning the Flames is a blog of the McCormick Freedom Project, which was started in 2006 by museum managing director Shawn Healy. The blog highlights the news of the day, in hopes of engaging readers in dialogue about freedom issues. Any views or opinions expressed on this blog represent those of the writers alone and do not represent an official opinion of the McCormick Freedom Project.



Founded in 2005, the McCormick Freedom Project is part of the McCormick Foundation. The Freedom Project’s mission is to enable informed and engaged participation in our democracy by demonstrating the relevance of the First Amendment and the role it plays in the ongoing struggle to define and defend freedom. The museum offers programs and resources for teachers, students, and the general public.


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