Activists Aim for 50,000 Immigrant Votes

Group pushing immigration reform in 2008 elections

The state's largest immigrant rights group wants to get out the vote this fall, so it is starting a voter mobilization project focusing on immigrants in northern Illinois.

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights plans to contact more than 140,000 immigrant voters by mail and door-to-door campaigns.  The goal is to get 50,000 to the polls on Nov. 4.

The coalition's efforts will target areas that have experienced growth in immigrant population, such as Joliet and Waukegan.

A coalition spokeswoman said the effort is nonpartisan, but the project's message is immigration reform.

The project is called Illinois Immigrant Action and is part of a larger $1 million immigrant voter campaign.

The coalition says it has registered about 26,000 new immigrant voters so far this year.

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