Tuesday, November 4, 2008

ILLINOIS VOTER TURNOUT: Huge Effort To Turnout Immigrant Voters

From our partners at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights:

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) in coordination with host organizations, campaign fellows, and hundreds of volunteers are getting out the immigrant vote in an unprecedented effort. ICIRR’S New Americans Democracy Project “Our Vote is Power” campaign seeks to mobilize 144,000 immigrant voters today in the Latino, Asian, South Asian, Polish, Arab and Muslim communities of Chicago and suburbs.

Starting at 6am today, volunteers arrived to the campaign headquarters. They were trained and sent to knock on doors, drop literature with polling place information and to place posters in businesses encouraging voters to go to the polls. After only 2 hours of work, several of the precincts reported hundreds of voters casting their ballots. In addition, 65 high school seniors have been conducting exit polling since 7 this morning in designated areas including precincts in Waukegan, Joliet, Aurora, Bridgeview, Melrose Park, Berwyn, and other areas of south, north, and west Chicago.

Below, please find the campaign headquarters’ addresses and people to contact if your media outlet is interested in recording activity about our efforts to mobilize non-partisan immigrant vote as well as to interview E-Day coordinators and volunteers.

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