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Lawyers needed on Election Day–Protect voting rights

Election Day is almost here, and we are organizing our Election Day legal plans. There is so much at stake on November 6th, and voter protection is important right here in our area. We know that every person who is entitled to vote should be allowed to vote, and should be free from intimidation.

As you know, we can’t take anything for granted, even when the polls make our supporters think it’s a sure thing. Republicans are more energized than earlier this year. Right-wing operatives and billionaires are dumping resources into our area because they’re desperate to hold onto power and because they sense that Democrats won’t be organized this time around. But our values—Democratic and democratic—are on the line, whether it’s the race for governor or county board. People are fed up and on our side. They’re counting on us to help navigate what could be a hectic voting process.

We are writing to ask you to help out with our Election Day Legal Team. Many of you have either done this important work before, or expressed interest in helping out this time. We need to do everything we can to ensure that Election Day goes smoothly and all voters have their rights protected.

>>Join our Tenth Dems Election Protection Team now.<<

If you’ve done this before, you know how important this project is. If not, know that you will not be left untrained and will not be alone. We’ve scheduled two training sessions on October 27 and November 1 in the Highland Park/Deerfield area. You can attend either one, and yes, there will be food! And FREE CLE for lawyers!

Our Election Day voter protection program provides plenty of support for our volunteers in the field, so you don’t have to be an election law expert to volunteer. We have a great instruction/troubleshooting manual, and there will be experienced lawyers available by phone and in various locations around the district. You can always call us with questions.

Please respond now at the link below. And, feel free to recruit and/or forward this to other Democratic lawyers, law students and paralegals.

There are several ways you can volunteer. Times are approximate, sometimes flexible, and you can sign up here:

  • We need volunteers to be our eyes and ears early when the polls open on Election Day. You will observe the opening of a polling place at 6:00 a.m. and then visit other polling places to ensure that things are running smoothly and take action if they are not. Your time commitment would be from approximately 5:45 a.m. until 9:00 or 9:30 a.m.
  • We need volunteers to monitor polls near closing time. You will need to arrive at the assigned polling place at around 5:30 p.m. and remain until it closes. You will ensure that everyone in line by 7:00 p.m. has an opportunity to vote and then monitor the closing process and call in the voting tally. Your time commitment would be from approximately 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
  • We also need volunteers who can monitor for blocks of several hours throughout the day (especially during the lunch and after school time periods). You can cover assigned polling places, or you can be part of our rapid response team to be dispatched to sites where legal issues have been reported. The hours around lunchtime and school dismissal are most helpful here.
  • We need volunteers who can help monitor early voting locations before Election Day.

If you speak a foreign language—especially Spanish—let us know so that we can try to assign you to areas where non-English speaking voters may need assistance. Spanish-speaking phone responders also are needed.

Let us know if you are available to help in any of these ways. You can sign up here:

Thank you for your support and your help in keeping Election Day running smoothly for all our voters and candidates.

Lauren Beth Gash
and the
Tenth Dems Election Protection Team
(847) 266-VOTE (8683)

P.S. Can’t volunteer for this or not an attorney/law student, but want to help Democrats win in 2018? Email for information about volunteer opportunities (leaders needed).

Our Annual Awards Dinner on October 31

Join us for the 2018 Tenth Dems Annual Awards Dinner with Keynote Speaker Tina Tchen on Wednesday, October 31.

Click here to RSVP for our Annual Awards Dinner in Deerfield.

When: Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Where: Embassy Suites, 1445 Lake Cook Rd., Deerfield, IL 60015
What: Annual Awards Dinner with Keynote Speaker Tina Tchen.

Attorney Tina Tchen served eight years in the Obama White House, including as Assistant to President Obama, Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, and Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama.

After the launch of the #MeToo movement, Tina co-founded the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund. Over the course of her illustrious legal career, Tina has guided companies on issues involving gender inequity, harassment, diversity, and inclusion.

For more information or to RSVP go to 847-266-VOTE (8683), or email events@tenthdems.orgContributions welcome even if you can’t attend. If attending, please email the names of guests (including yourself) to

Hope to see you there!

Campaign Retrospective

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Campaign season has flown by. There’s been so much activity keeping us busy this election season!  Here’s a 2018 Campaign Retrospective. Take a look at what our great candidates and grassroots organizations have done as we head into the final stretch before Election Day. And most important–register and VOTE!


Tenth Dems Holds Training in Lindenhurst About Getting Democrats to the Polls


Joyce Mason: A Mom on a Mission


Catching Up with Bob Morgan’s Campaign


November Election Congressional Outlook


Tenth Dems at the Illinois County Chairs’ Association Brunch in Springfield


Tenth Dems’ Brad Schneider Motivates Voters!


Meet Lake County Board Candidates Ready to Improve Lake County


Civic Engagement: It’s a Family Affair!


Momentum Keeps Building to Elect John Idleburg Lake County Sheriff


Tenth Dems Activists Plan on Reelecting Julie Morrison


March to Keep Families Together


Spotlight on Libertyville Township


Moraine Township Democrats Annual Summer Party with our Party


How to Register and Vote in the November Election


Northside Democracy in Action Campaign Training


Candidate for State Rep Trisha Zubert


We Gotta Fix This Broken System! There Are Good Candidates Who Could Do That


Tenth Dems 2018 Summer Interns


While Trump Sleeps Like a Baby, His Zero-Tolerance Policy Is a Humanitarian Disaster





Volunteers: Help at the Genesee Street Waukegan office

Tenth Dems needs volunteers at our Waukegan office to help build a Blue Wave during the upcoming November election. The office is located at 118 N. Genesee Street in downtown Waukegan and is open Monday through Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Volunteers are needed for phone banking, canvassing and data entry.

Most of you are already engaged with a campaign or have been in touch with us, but every little bit helps. Let us know if you can help (and when) by clicking here, or by emailing with your contact info. Or stop by during office hours.

Hope to see you there!

Urgent–Stand up to right-wing Walsh

If you thought Republicans were satisfied with taking the country so far to the right, you’d be wrong. They’re getting even worse. A Republican officeholder from the northwest suburbs resigned amidst scandal and he was just replaced by Helene Walsh, an unhinged right-wing extremist and wife of none other than Joe Walsh. (Walsh is a former Tea Party Republican Congressman from the suburbs who challenged Tammy Duckworth, lost miserably, and now hosts a right-wing radio show.) Here she is at the local Republicans’ rifle raffle they held weeks after the mass shooting in Las Vegas:

Donate $25 to support progressive Lake County teacher Mary Edly-Allen’s campaign against an un-elected right-wing extremist. 

She’s not wrong simply because she’s anti-choice and anti-gun violence prevention–Walsh has consistently pushed right-wing conspiracies and used hateful rhetoric towards journalists, John McCain, and Democrats, among others.

Walsh is out of the mainstream and she has no business holding public office.

The good news? You can help! Mary Edly-Allen is the Democratic candidate running for the office Walsh was just appointed to, State Representative from the 51st District. Mary’s a teacher who’s been endorsed by groups like the Sierra Club and Moms Demand Action. She’ll stand up for our values. 

We need more people like Mary, especially because Republicans are trying to take the country more and more out of the mainstream, right before our eyes. Let’s stand up together! Chip in to support Mary’s campaign and let’s elect more people with decency and common sense.