Organizers with the Chicago-based Grassroots Collaborative have registered more than 25,000 new voters thus far this year, the coalition of local community groups announced Tuesday.
Grassroots Collaborative and its ally organizations are working to register a total of 50,000 new voters before November's election.
Leaders with the effort say issues such as the minimum wage and public education are motivating people to register.
“The momentum behind this mass citywide voter registration effort has the power to change the city,” Amisha Patel, Grassroots Collaborative's executive director, said in a statement. “The more people that register, the more likely we are to get real solutions to the problems our communities are facing. Grassroots Collaborative and all our partner organizations are committed to put in the work and resources to make that happen.”
Cook County Clerk David Orr joined the community organizers at a Tuesday news conference about the coalition's voter registration drive.
“Community organizers are the lifeblood of any neighborhood, and encouraging civic participation is just one of their many important tasks," Orr said in a statement. "I am so grateful for the work they've done to assist people in registering, because a robust democracy is dependent on an engaged citizenry.”
The community groups involved with the voter registration effort include Action Now, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Enlace Chicago, Jane Addams Senior Caucus, Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, Logan Square Neighborhood Association, ONE Northside, Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation, Southside Together Organizing for Power, Southwest Organizing Project, Community Renewal Society, and the Illinois Hunger Coalition.