By Rachel White
Illinois early voting numbers are at a record high for midterm elections in Cook County and some community organizations believe the surge in voter turnout is largely a result of the proposed minimum wage increase on the ballot.
“Lots of people vote in presidential election years but stay home for midterm elections,” said DeJaun Jackson, a lead organizer for Chicago Votes.
Chicago Votes is dedicated to engaging young voters in the democratic process. The group lobbied in Springfield to pass legislation that allowed people to register to vote and cast their ballot in the same day during early voting.