Students To Rally in Downtown Chicago for National Voter Registration Day #WhyWeVote

David Orr voting #whywevote
Cook County Clerk David Orr. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)

Launch 30 registrations drives throughout the city

Chicago, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Hundreds of Chicago students and residents are expected to come together at Daley Plaza to share #WhyWeVote, a campaign for mass voter participation connecting youth issues to the Nov. 8 election. The rally will be held in Daley Plaza, 50 W Washington, Chicago, IL, on Tuesday, September 27, 2016.

The rally is set to start at 9:30 a.m. A press conference starts at 10:00 a.m.

#WhyWeVote Speakers:

Cook County Clerk David Orr
Christian Diaz, Chicago Votes
Troy Alim, Black Youth Project 100
Melanny Buitron, City Colleges of Chicago Student Trustee
Delia Bautista, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Mumtaz Khan, Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago
Adeline Bracey, Action Now Institute
Brandon Lee, Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago

The #WhyWeVote Rally and press conference is to mark National Voter Registration Day, a single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts all across the country to create pervasive awareness of voter registration opportunities.

“A powerful and diverse coalition of community organizations will kick off the fourth annual National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday with a rally and press conference to launch a citywide effort to register thousands of voters throughout the state,” Cook County Clerk David Orr said in a statement.

Chicago Votes, a non-profit dedicated to increasing civic engagement among young voters, has set up 30 voter registration drives in the city to encourage mass voter participation in the general election on November 8. Nearly 140 businesses, schools, community based organizations, churches and advocacy groups have signed on to participate in the effort.

“In 2008, 6 million Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register,” said Christian Diaz, Executive Director of Chicago Votes. “In 2016, we want to make sure no one is left out.”

All across the country, volunteers, celebrities, and organizations will hit the streets as part of National Voter Registration Day.

“This single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts will create pervasive awareness of voter registration opportunities–allowing us to reach thousands of voters who we could not reach otherwise,” said Brandon Lee, Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago.

For more information about National Voter Registration Day, click here.

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