News Release

NCLR Latino Vote Fellows Helping to Register Eligible Hispanic Voters in Multi-State Push to Increase Electorate

August 24, 2016

Contact:
Camila Gallardo
cgallardo@nclr.org
(305) 215-4259

WASHINGTON, D.C.—As Election Day approaches, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) has continued its push to help eligible Latinos around the country register to vote before states’ voter registration deadlines. A key part of that work has been collaboration between NCLR and its Latino Vote Fellows. The fellows, who were selected in March, are community leaders selected from NCLR’s network of Affiliate organizations to conduct voter registration and promote turnout in their communities. In the lead-up to Election Day, the fellows are holding voter registration events in their respective states. States with a Latino Vote Fellow include Ohio, Pennsylvania, California and North Carolina.

NCLR has been working closely with its inaugural class of Latino Vote Fellows to reach out to the estimated 27.3 million Latinos eligible to vote. Numbers demonstrate that once registered, Latinos show up to the polls in significant numbers. Recent figures by NALEO estimate that 13.1 million Latinos will cast their vote this November.

“The Latino Vote Fellows are a key component to what NCLR is doing this year to increase the participation of Latinos in local, state and national elections. Reaching out to their local communities by incorporating voter registration as part of the services they offer and hosting targeted registration events makes it possible to expand the reach to get eligible Latinos to become active participants in our electoral process,” said Janet Hernandez, Senior Project Manager, Civic Engagement, NCLR.

The fellows will help conduct voter registration events in their respective states, which include Ohio, Pennsylvania, California and North Carolina, among many others. Earlier this month, AltaMed, a California NCLR Affiliate where Latino Vote Fellow Elizabeth Bille serves as Manager of Legislative and Advocacy Affairs, held a voter registration drive during its weeklong celebration of National Health Center Week.

In addition, NCLR is growing Latino participation with both proven traditional methods and innovative tactics. Its Latinos Vote 2016 campaign is reaching prospective voters in person through multistate community canvassing, Affiliates, service providers and small businesses. Online, the groundbreaking Latinos Vote app and web tool put registration at users’ fingertips and allow them to help others register just by sharing their phones. In schools, a newly developed High School Democracy Project provides an easy curriculum to help schools register their eligible high school seniors. NCLR is also engaging potential voters through issue education collaborations with media partners.

“Incorporating the element of voter registration and voter education throughout these events helps connect voting to issues critical to the Latino community. The state of our health care system, the quality of education we are providing to our kids through our public school system, our nation’s immigration laws—all these things are tied directly to the people we elect to local, state and national office,” Hernandez added.

Among those selected for the Latino Vote Fellows program, in addition to Bille, were Mike Toledo, NCLR Board Member and Executive Director of Centro Hispano in Reading, Penn.; Veronica Dahlberg of HOLA in Ashtabula, Ohio; Miguel Figueras, Youth Program Coordinator for El Pueblo, Inc. in Raleigh, N.C.; and Alejandra Quezada, Communications Director, El Concilio, in Stockton, Calif.

Bios of several of our vote fellows are below. Additional bios and information about the Latino Vote Fellows program are available on our website.

Elizabeth Bille
Manager, Legislative and Advocacy Affairs
AltaMed Health Services
Elizabeth Bille is the Manager of Legislative & Advocacy Affairs at AltaMed Health Services. She is involved in the coordination of legislative, advocacy and civic engagement activities, as well as public policy analysis. Elizabeth is a graduate of the University of Houston, and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history. Elizabeth was also elected Vice President of the Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council for the City of Los Angeles, which promotes civic engagement as a way for residents to voice their neighborhood’s needs to the local government.

Michael Toledo
Executive Director
Centro Hispano Daniel Torres Inc.
Michael Toledo is the Executive Director of the Centro Hispano Daniel Torres Inc. in Reading, Pennsylvania, and joined the NCLR Board of Directors in 2016. Michael is a member of the 2015 inaugural class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program, a partnership designed for leaders who share a commitment to solving society’s greatest challenges. From 2013 to 2015, he served as the state lead for NCLR’s Pennsylvania Affiliates on Capitol Hill. While in this role, he focused on providing the Latino perspective on education, the federal budget, workforce development and more.

Alejandra Quezada
Communications Director
El Concilio
Alejandra Quezada has lived in the United States for the past 11 years. She is currently the Communications Director of the California-San Joaquin region at El Concilio. Alejandra has always worked closely with the Latino community in education and civic engagement.
Alejandra invites you to use the Latinos Vote app to become a voter!

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