Voting Rights Project

voting rights

The right to vote is a fundamental to a healthy democracy. The mission of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee’s Voting Rights Project (VRP) is to prevent, reduce, and eliminate barriers to voting and civic participation, especially in underrepresented minority and low-income communities, to ensure that each eligible citizen is able cast her ballot and make her voice heard. Learn more at


In order to achieve that mission, the VRP:

  • Researches and litigates to improve minority representation;
  • Runs programs to promote youth civic engagement;
  • Coordinates member attorneys to protect elections; and
  • Conducts policy research and advocacy to improve election administration

Volunteer with the Voting Rights Project for the 2017 April 4 Elections! 
We are looking for volunteers to protect voting rights by monitoring polls during suburban municipal elections on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. For more information on training and volunteer shifts, please submit a volunteer form here.

Our updated one-pager on top voting issues for Illinois in 2017 can be found here.

View and download our other Election Protection resources here.


US Commission on Civil Rights - Civil Rights and Voting in Illinois (3/9/2017)

Voting Rights Project testifies to the Illinois House Elections & Campaign Finance Committee about voter access barriers in Illinois. (3/3/2017)

Lagunitas Hosts Voting Rights Event with The Interview Show (2/28/2017)

Election Protection Expands Access to the Ballot on Election Day 2016 - press release (11/9/2016)

Chicago Lawyers' Committee Encourages Voters to Share Their Stories and Questions on Election Daypress release (11/8/2016)

Joint Statement Regarding the Seventh Circuit Action in Challenge to Illinois' EDR System - press release (10/5/2016)

Debating the Ruling on Election Day Registration - Chicago Tonight (WTTW) (9/28/2016)

Judge's Ruling Reduces Election Day Signups in Illinois - Crain's Chicago Business (9/27/ 2016)

Voting rights groups ask court to protect voting opportunities for November election - press release (August 31, 2016)

Q & A with Ami Gandhi, Lead Attorney for the Voting Rights Project (August 18, 2016)


For more information on the Voting Rights Project or on joining the Voting Rights Advisory Council, please contact Director of Voting and Civic Empowerment Ami Gandhi at or call 312-630-9744.Prespac

You can find out more about the work of VRP and access the reports authored by the team here.