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Another Adventure in Illinois Law: Canceling My Voter Registration


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UPDATE (June 25th, 2015): I finally obtained proof that I was successful in my efforts and also wanted to link in the main page for voter registration cancellation, where you can find the legal citations for how to do it in your state, as well as some previously unknown benefits.


By: Shane Radliff

April 28th, 2015

Cancel Uncle Sam

Anyone who isn’t the average American zombie, is at least aware that voting in Presidential elections is a joke. For those who are uniquely aware of this monopolistic entity known as government, they also recognize that voting in state elections is also a cruel joke; especially if you’re like me, and you live in the communist state of Illinois. As far as local elections go, that’s your choice, but I have chosen to remove my consent from the rigged election system in its entirety.

I have, as of late, been looking for ways to remove my consent in perfectly “legal” ways. One of those ways was my recent purchase of silver. Being a 22 year-old college student, that is about all I can afford at this point, but nonetheless, is a good first step. In addition to that, I am considering encrypting my LUA email as well as my instant messaging.

One other development, is a recent conversation I had with Kyle Rearden. He mentioned that he canceled his voter registration quite easily in Texas. That was an intriguing thought, and I saw no reason to not pursue that angle as well.

The process was much easier than I expected.

Kyle and I began by going through all four branches of “law” for the state of Illinois. The Illinois Administrative code, Section 216.50, stated that one of the reasons they will cancel voter registrations is at the request of the registrant— which was applicable to my situation.

When it came to the actual process of canceling voter registration, none of the four branches of “law” in Illinois, addressed that. Instead, they referenced United States code; more specifically, the “National Voter Registration Act of 1993”. Long story short, the United States code lacked mentioning of “cancelling”, except in the context of if someone was cancelling it to re-register in another voting district.

What all of the arms of Illinois “law” failed to mention, was the process. What the referenced United States Codes failed to mention, was a process pertaining to anything that a citizen that is moving to another county or state.

The first step I had in mind was to either call or go to the Government Center in downtown Bloomington and just see if I’m still registered since I haven’t voted since I was still a sheeple at age 18 or 19. I can’t remember the exact age, but that detail is irrelevant.

I decided to just head down to the Government Center after I attended my classes today. Throughout this process, I will say, everyone there was really kind and helpful. Part of that is probably because they assumed I was making sure I was registered so I could go vote today in the “Consolidated Election”, but nonetheless, they were helpful.

I told the government employee what I needed (to find out if I’m still registered) and she went and looked it up, and I was.

She started to mention a couple of statist things (telling me how to vote, etc.) and I politely interrupted and said, “Ma’am, I would like to cancel my voter registration altogether.”

And of course, she provided the exact statist facial expression that I was expecting. I gave her a Liberty Under Attack business card and said, “So what do I have to do to cancel it?”

To my surprise, she said, “Well, all you have to do is write a note with your request, include your birth-date, and sign it, and we will send you something in the mail in a few weeks.”

I won this battle, and luckily it was pretty simple. Granted, it’s not going to make a significant difference, but it was certainly a personally satisfying action, and not only was the opportunity cost was quite low, but now that I am a non-voter, I will enjoy lower opportunity costs than voters that have to care about electoral debates and voting on ballot measures.

Hopefully my endeavors will encourage others to do the same thing: withdraw consent from this corrupt, rigged system. Remember, the first step is to look through your various state laws, and then go from there. Your results may vary.

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