An Inclusive Economy Requires An Inclusive Democracy.
— Alain J. Nahimana, Executive Director of IWC

The Citizenship and Civic Engagement Initiative intends to proactively support Maine’s immigrants in engaging in the civic processes that carry such high stakes for their lives. This Initiative has three components:

Citizenship Assistance Fund:

There are 11,000+ immigrants eligible for citizenship in Maine. Through canvassing and community partnerships, we will find and reach this population to provide financial, translation, legal, and administrative support in the citizenship application process

Your Vote Matters Campaign:

While we view civic engagement broadly, we will begin with a strong emphasis on the right to vote leading up to the 2020 General Election. There are currently 36,000 immigrants in Maine eligible or close to eligible to vote -- 25,000 who are already citizens and the 11,000 mentioned above. We will canvas and leverage community partnerships to register voters and get them to the polls. For Get-Out-the-Vote (GOTV), we will focus on collective opportunities for early in-person absentee voting through mosques, churches, community associations, and other trusted community hubs. Non-voters will participate in all programming as we build an increasingly prepared and aware pipeline of future voters and civic participants.

Capacity and Infrastructure Building:

All campaign work will be performed with the intent to build long-term capacity and infrastructure for ever-growing expansion of this work. 

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26,546

New Mainers are naturalized citizens and are eligible to vote.

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9,315

Naturalized citizens are unregistered.