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‘VoterPalooza’ fest downtown

buttonDowntown Evanston will be the scene Saturday of "VoterPalooza," a voter registration festival.

The event will feature what the sponsors — EvMark and the League of Women Voters — are calling voter registration "stages" at nine locations — including restaurants, stores and fitness centers.

Registration forms can be filled out from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and persons who’ll be 18 years of age by Nov. 4 are eligible to register.

All Illinois residents, including new and returning Northwestern University students, can take advantage of the voter drive.

To register, voters must present two forms of identification, one with proof of current address (neither need be a picture ID). Acceptable forms of ID include a driver’s license, state ID, postmarked mail, utility bill, rental contract, checkbook, school or work ID, credit card, or valid passport.

The voter registration stages will be located at Argo Tea, 1596 Sherman Ave.; Borders Books and Music, 1700 Maple Ave.; Burger King, 1740 Orrington Ave.; Evanston Athletic Club, 1723 Benson Ave.; Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.; First Bank & Trust, 820 Church St.; McGaw YMCA, 1000 Grove St.; Panera Bread, 1700 Sherman Ave., and the Evanston/North Shore YWCA, 1215 Church St.

"This is the perfect opportunity to make sure your voice is heard on election day," says LWVE President Karen Hunt. "Democracy is not a spectator sport, and you have to be a registered voter to guarantee a spot on the playing field."

For those who can’t make it downtown, there will also be VoterPalooza stages at Ebony Barbershop, 1702 Dodge Ave., and We Are Beautiful, 1966 Dempster St. in west Evanston.

The last day to register to vote in the presidential election is Oct. 7.

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