CHICAGO, IL – On the eve of one of the most important elections in recent history, faith, political leaders will gather to celebrate the success of the Â â€œSouls to the Pollsâ€ program Monday, November 2, 2014, 10:30 a.m. at the historic Quinn Chapel AME Church, 2401 South Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL, that resulted in an historic early voting turnout of faith voters and seniors.
As part of â€œRaise Illinoisâ€™â€ early vote campaign, â€œSouls to the Pollsâ€ has brought together more than 400 pastors to urge their congregants and community members to vote early for a higher minimum wage. The program specifically targeted those who typically donâ€™t vote in mid-term elections, which is a crucial voting bloc that could reshape this election. Â We are urging voters to turn out in huge and unprecedented numbers.
Nearing the end of early voting, the numbers are stark. More than 50,000 people voted early this cycle that didnâ€™t vote at all in 2010 and of those 1 in 5 was mobilized by the â€œSouls to the Pollsâ€ program.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, State Senator Kwame Raoul, and other political leaders will join faith leaders to celebrate this remarkable achievement.
Joining President Preckwinkle will be: Lt. Governor hopeful Paul Vallas, Senator Kwame Raoul, Rev. Walter Turner, Apostle Carl White, Aldophus Kindle and Jaquie Algee, â€œSouls to the Polls / Raise Illinoisâ€ representative. The Turner Sisters will perform.
Raise Illinois is an advocacy campaign dedicated to raising the minimum wage to support low-wage workers, families and our communities.