Get Out the Vote (GOTV) is a seasonal campaign conducted through Asian Americans Advancing Justice— Chicago with partner organizations and community members to adequately prepare the Asian American community for an upcoming election. This campaign involves electoral base-building in the form of registering new individuals to vote, as well as updating the information of established voters. Advancing Justice-Chicago strives to ensure that no voter is left behind, by conducting vote-by-mail and early voting drives that enable less mobile or busier members of the Asian American community to cast their ballots. On Election Day, Advancing Justice— Chicago’s GOTV campaign ranges from phonebanking Asian American voters with in-language options, driving people to the polls, and running precincts.
How can you help make a difference? Keep reading below and find out!
1. Get Registered!
For Chicago residents, click here.
For suburban Cook County residents,click here.
You can also get a copy of any of these voter registrations forms at the Advancing Justice— Chicago office or through one of our partner organizations.
What are “Asian American” issues? Learn more about the Asian American community by reading A Community of Contrasts: Asian Americans in the United States 2011.
Where do the candidates stand on Asian American issues? Advancing Justice— Chicago has submitted a candidate questionnaire to the Republican and Democratic candidates for Illinois Governor. These questionnaires ask candidates about their positions on key issues that impact the Asian American community. To see their responses, click Here.
Did you know that voters who have difficulty voting in English have the right to have a friend, relative or volunteer help them vote? Every voter in the nation has the right under Section 208 of the Voting Rights Act to receive assistance from a person of their choice# to help them vote if they have difficulty with English. To learn more, click Here to download a factsheet flyer translated into Asian languages!
3. Go Vote!
Now, that you are registered, it’s time to cast that ballot. In Illinois, all voters have three options for voting:
VOTE BY MAIL (ABSENTEE)
Interested voters must fill out an application requesting a ballot is mailed to them. Once that form has been completed and returned to the appropriate election authority, a ballot will be sent to the address provided. Vote By Mail is particularly useful for those who have full time jobs and are not able to get away to vote on Election Day.
Voters have the option to vote two weeks before Election Day at designated polling locations. Information on Early Voting locations can be found at the following links:
Advancing Justice— Chicago is working with local community organizations on Early Voting events in your area! For more information or to get a ride to join the event, contact Advancing Justice Chicago