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NCLR Voter Registration Efforts Ramp Up as Nation Commemorates National Voter Registration Day

As states’ registration deadlines draw near, NCLR urges eligible Latinos to register to vote

September 27, 2016

Contact:
Julian Teixeira
jteixeira@nclr.org
(202) 776-1812


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, as the United States commemorates National Voter Registration Day, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) is urging eligible Latinos across the country to register to vote. Voter registration deadlines in many states are approaching—some states, including Hispanic-heavy Florida, require potential voters to register one month prior to Election Day.

NCLR is growing Latino participation with both proven traditional methods and innovative tactics. NCLR’s “Latinos Vote 2016” campaign is reaching prospective voters in person, online, and through community organizations and schools. For example, in South and Central Florida, NCLR canvassers have already registered more than 40,000 eligible voters. Online, the NCLR/mitú Latinos Vote app and web tool put registration at users’ fingertips and allow them to help others register just by sharing their phones. In collaboration with school administrators, faculty and students, NCLR developed a High School Democracy Project curriculum, and is partnering with 50 schools on a back-to-school voter registration push.

NCLR is also working with its Affiliates to provide registration opportunities to the communities they serve. This effort will continue beyond the 2016 election cycle, and is part of NCLR’s civic engagement work designed to help eligible immigrants become citizens, citizens become voters, and the Latino community overall become engaged in policy debates that affect themselves and their families.

“The Latino community’s influence on the nation’s electoral landscape is undisputed,” said NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía. “We will help decide who will enter the White House as well as the statehouse. However, while we have made progress in bringing in new eligible Latino voters, our growth potential is still considerable. And eligible Hispanic voters still can do more. That is why I am personally urging every eligible Latino to register before their state’s deadline.

“Whether you just turned 18 like Maya Correa; just became a citizen like 89-year-old Cleofas Hernandez; or had to move to a new place, such as Reverend Roberto Lugo and his wife Nydia—let their stories about becoming voters and helping others take that step inspire you to do the same. Make it a family affair like Jessica Rodriguez, who engaged her family online with the Latinos Vote app. Whatever tool you choose, let’s make sure that our voice is heard this election.”

According to Pew Research, the Latino citizen voting-age population is projected to reach 27.3 million this election year; an increase of almost 8 million people since 2008. Much of that growth is fueled by U.S.-born Hispanic youth, of whom 1 million turn 18 each year, and become eligible to vote. As a result, bringing registration opportunities to these prospective voters is essential.

NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.