State Democrats launch hotline as they try to get out the vote

Chicago Tribune, 10/15/18

The Democratic Party of Illinois has announced a statewide “voter protection initiative” hotline as part of its get out the vote effort.

“Voting is every American’s fundamental right, one that was fought for in countless battles. Even today, there are countless examples of voter suppression and barriers to voting, and we will work diligently to dismantle those efforts,” the party’s executive director, state Rep. Christian Mitchell, said in a statement.

Voters can call 1-833-VOTER18 to access the hotline about complaints over alleged voter suppression. The hotline follows the party’s efforts with governor candidate J.B. Pritzker’s campaign spending $1 million on voter registration and early voting advocacy.

“Illinois has some of the strongest voting laws in this country, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to sit back and be passive this election,” he said. “The Democratic Party of Illinois is sending a strong message: Your vote is important and we’re here to fight for it.”

Early voting started this month at limited locations but expands significantly Oct. 22.