Following six years under the leadership of Executive Director Ben Monterroso, Mi Familia Vota has reached a landmark 450,000 voter registrations across the country. A celebration highlighting the “Latino Millennial” was hosted in Texas at Houston City Hall but festivities took place across our states.
Members of our Youth Leadership Development Program kicked off our day with a press conference uniting elected officials and city leaders. Twenty-year-old Esmeralda Garza performed as the emcee for this event and also registered our 450,000th voter, Vanessa Pérez Ortega, a senior from DeBakey High School. “Not only is it a milestone for me, but it’s a milestone for my family,” exclaimed Vanessa.
Event speakers also included Houston City Councilman Robert Gallegos and Houston Independent School District Board of Education Trustee Anne Sung, both of whom have opened doors for Mi Familia Vota to register and engage voters.
Picture courtesy: Univision Houston
As the largest minority voting block, the November 6th midterm elections will be a new opportunity for Latinos to make their impact on our country. Millennials comprise 44% of eligible Latino voters, and that’s why we are so excited to celebrate the youth vote.
Ben Monterroso beamed, “Change belongs to our younger generations. Young people are the key to the future of the Latino community, but they have to be activated to participate in the elections. Our efforts are focused on educating our populace on the political process and empowering them to use their vote. Our celebration is about recognizing the importance of civic participation and building Latino political power.”
Thank you to all who have joined these efforts! If you are not yet registered to vote or if you need more voter information, click here.