The Promise of America – New US Citizens Become Registered Voters

Swearing in ceremony for 114 new citizens from 37 countries

Last week I attended my first Citizenship swearing in ceremony. I was there as a volunteer with ICIRR (Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights) to help sign up new citizens to vote. With the Motor Voter registration form, it takes a couple of minutes to fill in the form. It was a bit of a mad house- after everyone has received their Citizenship Certificates, they either go up and have their photos taken in front of the American flag- or just come out of the room enmasse with family and friends. That’s when we are there handing out voter registration forms and suggesting they stay long enough to fill out the form and we will submit it for them. Of the 114 candidates, we got 71 new voters. What a great day for America- and for our new citizens. If you would like to volunteer to help with voter registration, there are weekly ceremonies most Monday through Thursday. Just contact Louisa Sosa at ICIRR at lsosa@icirr.org.

By Holly K