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

Election Protection Resources
Our volunteers monitor polls and voter hotlines through Election Protection, the nation's largest non-partisan voter protection coalition. View and download our Election Protection resources here.


Threat to voting rights not only in the South (4/27/2017)

Our Work in the 2017 Cook County Municipal Election (4/4/2017)

Testimony of Legal Fellow Ryan Cortazar before the Illinois State Advisory Commission to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights regarding language barriers and access to the polls. (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.