Chelsea Voter Initiative (CVI)


The Chelsea Voter Initiative works to engage and educate all members of the community about the importance of voting and participating in political processes.

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CVI was established to reverse an apathetic voting populous and to demonstrate the power of a vote. Since CVI’s inception, we have registered hundreds of new voters, increased voter turnout and increased the leadership of the Collaborative’s members through their participation on various City boards and commissions.

CVI has accomplished the following:

  • Registered hundreds of new voters, just 241 last year alone, and mobilized hundreds more in non-partisan efforts to increase civic participation and election participation.
  • Organize regular candidates’ forums for state and municipal elections so members of the community may raise concerns and seek answers to questions about matters important to the them.
  • Prevented the Massachusetts Redistricting Committee from slicing the most ethnically diverse voting block in Chelsea and giving it to East Boston, thereby reducing Chelsea’s voting power. CVI brought this issue to the city's streets and within 7 days the decision was reversed!

I became a US citizen and was very excited to vote, but because I did not speak  English well I never registered or voted. When the staff of the Chelsea Voter Initiative knocked on my door to ask me if I wanted to register to vote, I gladly said yes. The Voter Initiative registered me to vote and taught me where I vote and told me when the election days were. They even drove me to the polls!  As a senior citizen, it is hard to get around.  With their help, I was able to become an active and voting member of the Chelsea community.”

Jose H. Alfaro, Newly Registered Voter

In The News

  • Collaborative to Sponsor Candidate Forum Oct 26

    The Chelsea Record and the Chelsea Collaborative have agreed this week to sponsor a candidates’ forum at the Burke Complex auditorium on Monday, Oct. 26, for City Council and School Committee candidates. The forum will seek to include all candidates and to ask questions of candidates in contested races. The goal is to familiarize the public with the candidates and their stances in one of the most hotly contested elections in some time. The forum is open to the public and will be broadcast on Chelsea Cable TV as well. Parking is available in the school parking lot. “We are pleased to co-sponsor this forum with the Chelsea Collaborative so that the voters in Chelsea can learn more about the candidates and their positions on the issues,” said Stephen Quigley, president of the Independent Newspaper Group. “Civic engagement is necessary as Chelsea moves forward under new leadership.”

  • Candidates Hit a Range of Topics During Collaborative’s Live Forum

    The Chelsea Collaborative held a question and answer forum on Tuesday night at its headquarters with a packed house in attendance. Those participating will be on the ballot this coming Tuesday, Sept. 22, in the Preliminary Election. It will feature the City Council at-Large candidates and the District 5 Council candidates. Seven of the 11 candidates on the ballot participated in the questioning

  • Area activists bolster effort to raise state minimum wage

    Local activists are celebrating a key milestone in the statewide campaign to raise the minimum wage and guarantee earned employee sick time. Raise up Massachusetts, a coalition of labor, faith, and community organizations, turned in well above the 68,911 minimum number of certified signatures needed to advance both proposals toward spots on the November 2014 state ballot. The group filed 111,758 signatures supporting the minimum wage increase and 96,970 for sick time. The campaign seeks to raise the state minimum wage from the current $8 to $9.25 per hour as of Jan. 1, 2015, and to $10.50 per hour as of Jan. 1, 2016. There are approximately 600,000 minimum wage workers in the state.


  • Collaborative packs the house for Candidates Forum

    The Chelsea Collaborative held a forum for those candidates facing a primary election on September 22nd. The two featured races were the At-Large and District 5 City Council seats. Two District 5 challengers: Henry Wilson and Judith Garcia participated while incumbent Joe Perlatonda did not. For the At-Large race neither of the two incumbents, Calvin Brown and Leo Robinson, participated. Challengers Roy Avellaneda, John Cadiz, Todd Taylor, Damali Vidot and Deborah Washington participate. The ECO youth crew provided a welcome and ask questions, fielded from Collaborative members and members of the audience, of the candidates. The candidates field approximately one dozen questions from rat infestation to over-development and gentrification to workers rights and transgender rights. The dialogue was lively and informative. The forum as recorded on Chelsea Community Cable.

  • Summer Youth Employment Teens Register New Voters

    Brinelgy and Jasminka, two teens employed through the Summer Youth Employment Initiative, are hard at work registering new voters and informing them about the importance of voting. For more information on upcoming elections, where to vote and how to register to vote, please call the Collaborative (617)889-6080.

  • Chelsea Collaborative celebrates Minimum Wage Increase

    Chelsea Collaborative organizers and members worked hard to get hundreds of signatures for a ballot initiative that would pose the question of raising the minimum wage in Massachusetts. Because the grassroots efforts, like the Collaborative's, were so strong throughout the state, legislators decided to jump start the timeline. They created legislation, signed into law by Governor Patrick on Thursday June 26th, to raise Massachusetts' minimum wage to $11 with incremental changes each year beginning in 2015 and ending in 2017. The Collaborative applauds the Governor's and legislator's actions to make Massachusetts one of the highest minimum wages in the nation!

  • Chelsea Collaborative Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report Available!

    The Chelsea Collaborative's Annual Report highlighting accomplishments from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 is available now.

  • Chelsea Collaborative's Strategic Plan is Underway

    The Chelsea Collaborative board, staff and members participated in Strategic Planning sessions from January to April. The Popular Education Consultants, Isabel Vinent, Ph.D, Reca Fernandez, Ph.D, and Dawn Adolfson, BA lead the Collaborative through an in depth review of strengths, assets and areas for improvements. More than 125 people participated in the strategic planning sessions and conversations from January to April 2014. The 5 Year Strategic Plan outlines ways for the Collaborative to have an even stronger presence in the community of Chelsea and beyond. The plan itself will be completed in the coming weeks and an executive summary will be available for the public by July 1st. The 5 Year Strategic Plan outlines ways for the Collaborative to have an even stronger presence in the community of Chelsea and beyond. The plan itself will be completed in the coming weeks and an executive summary will be available for the public by July 1st.