ICIRR Urges Immigrants to Vote

ICIRR Urges Immigrants to Vote

In Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, the sprint to Election Day took to the streets, to get out the immigrant vote Monday.

“We need to show our power, we need to be respected we need to make a difference in the elections of this country,” said 25th Ward Alderman Danny Solis during a press conference announcing the efforts of The Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights to increase immigrant voter participation for Tuesday’s election.

“I can’t recall another election in this country where the immigrant, especially the Latino vote, will have such a key role,” said Solis who pointed to similar get out the vote efforts in swing states of Colorado, Florida and Nevada.

The Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights is sponsoring  the get out the vote drive, saying it’s registered more than 26,000 new voters this year in the Chicago area and will contact more than 150,000 Latino, Asian and Middle Eastern voters by the time the polls close Tuesday night.

Rita Cardenas is one of the volunteers knocking on doors, talking to potential voters in largely immigrant neighborhoods of Chicago.

“This is a country of immigrants and we all have a responsibility to get out there, to vote to have our voices heard,” said Cardenas,  “We fight for freedom of speech,  we fight for the right to bear arms but we also have the right to vote and so we have this huge responsibility.”

Four years ago, ICIRR reports that low-propensity voters it contacted were twice as likely to go to the polls than those who were not contacted.

Original story from WGN: http://www.wgntv.com/news/wgntv-election-day-2012-organization-urge-immigrant-vote-20121105,0,4080267.story

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