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Mi Familia Vota to Mentor Nonprofits in California for National Voter Registration Day 2019

09.18.2019

For Immediate Release
Contact: Karina Martínez at karinam@mifamiliavota.org

 

Mi Familia Vota to Mentor Nonprofits in California for National Voter Registration Day 2019

Mi Familia Vota will expand civic engagement efforts by priming non-profits and non-traditional partners on scaled voter registration techniques

 

Fresno, California – Mi Familia Vota, the premier Latino civic engagement organization, will be training national, state, and local organizations and volunteers to register and engage eligible voters by the multitudes as part of MFV’s National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) activities. In addition, MFV will be hosting daily voter registration drives on college campuses during this quintessential week. 

Close to 500,000 community members have been registered to vote by MFV, many of whom are low propensity and first-time Latino voters. The skills developed and employed over the organization’s lifetime will help NVRD participants to properly gauge their capacity for voter registration, recruit volunteers, and set appropriate goals. MFV will provide in-person support to NVRD participants and will be available for additional mentorship by phone. 

California State Director Samuel Molina explains why the investment in partner organizations is crucial, “We need to ensure that our communities are prepared for 2020, that means registering them now, familiarizing them with the electoral process and informing them on issues that they find important. We need as many organizations as possible reaching different segments of the population so that everyone has full access to the levers of democracy. But that can be hard work – especially if it’s their first time.” 

Molina added that the political context of the Trump administration requires dynamic civic participation. There is too much at risk under President Trump; this administration has rolled back environmental protections on water, air and land use, implemented cruel immigration policies at unprecedented levels, and is working to reverse many of our societal achievements. 

We cannot be complacent as these detrimental policies flood our communities. Our collective voices will make the difference this election and our votes will help maximize their impact.” 

MFV is encouraging all eligible voters to register and motivate others to do the same, regardless of their age. Youth will be targeted in Stanislaus, Fresno and Riverside county in an effort to help jumpstart their voter lifetime and establish a voting culture among youth that lasts into adulthood. View a list of voter registration sites on college and university campuses: MFV CA voter registration. 

Organizations looking for MFV support can sign up to partner at: nationalvoterregistrationday.org/partner and indicate that this is their first year as a partner.  

Online voter registration is also encouraged for those whose states allow: register to vote now

 

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Mi Familia Vota is a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.