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Twenty-Five City Mayors and Elected Officials Declare Latino Voter Registration Month
Mayors Recommit to GOTV Among One of the Fastest Growing Demographics
Washington, DC – Today, as part of National Voter Registration Day, 25 city mayors and elected officials issued a proclamation declaring Latino Voter Registration Month to encourage Latino voters to register and to remind Latinos to get out and vote in November.
This effort is part of a national initiative led by Mi Familia Vota, SEIU, Voto Latino, and iAmerica, to encourage broad civic engagement participation among Latino voters.
The proclamation coincided with today’s celebration of National Voter Registration Day, a public education campaign by Latino advocacy groups and organizations representing workers and all communities of color, and Hispanic Heritage Month, which takes place from September 15 to October 15, where we recognize the contributions of Latinos to the U.S. and celebrate Latino culture and heritage.
“Voting is an act of hope that ties the individual to the community at large, that ties us together. Voting by people of color, working people, young people and other under-represented groups is fundamental to the exercise of democratic elections,” said Rocio Sáenz, international executive vice president at SEIU.
“Every Latino vote cast is a vote for our families and for our community – in essence, fundamental American values,” said Ben Monterroso, executive director of Mi Familia Vota. “The stakes are high this year and Latino voters have the power to elect the next President of the United States, members of Congress, and local elected officials that reflect their values. We must do everything possible to ensure that every Latino eligible voter registers to vote and makes their voice heard on November 8 and most importantly, builds real political power to ensure systemic change occurs.”
“Thank you to the mayors who recognize the power of the Latino voice in shaping this country,” said Maria Teresa Kumar, president and CEO of Voto Latino. “National Voter Registration Day, cofounded by Voto Latino in 2012, is a day to come together and make sure every American is counted on Election Day. In 2016, our country will see the greatest number of Latinos eligible to vote, and we know there are millions who still haven’t registered which is why we developed VoterPal, an app that makes registering fast and easy.”
List of mayors and elected officials that have signed a proclamation:
Latino Connecticut state legislators (13):
Representative Matthew Lesser, 100th Dist.
Representative Jason Rojas, 9th Dist.
Representative Christopher Rosario, 128th Dist.
Representative Angel Arce, 4th Dist.
Representative Juan R. Candelaria, 95th Dist.
Representative Minnie Gonzalez, 3rd Dist.
Representative Bobby Sanchez, 25th Dist.
Representative Hilda E. Santiago, 84th Dist.
Representative Ezequiel Santiago, 130th Dist.
Representative Edwin Vargas, 6th Dist.
Representative Geraldo C. Reyes, Jr., 75th Dist.
Senator Art Linares, 33rd Dist.
Representative Aundré Bumgardner, 41st Dist.
Elected Official: Buddy Dyer
Elected Official: Mayor Michael Hancock
Elected Official: Mayor Bruce Beckman
Elected Official: Mayor Adam Paul
Elected Official: Council President Steve Nawrocki
Elected Official: Sylvester Turner
Elected Official: Mike Rawlings
Elected Official: Mayor Greg Stanton
Elected Official: Mayor Rothschild
Elected Official: City Councilwoman Esmeralda Soria
Elected Official: Mayor Robert Silva
Elected Official: Ed Murray
To learn more about National Voter Registration Day and other civic events happening around the country, click here.