On #NationalVoterRegistrationDay, Migrant-Led Coalition Mobilizes Communities to Vote  

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September 20, 2022
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Two months away from the critical November midterm elections, the U.S. Latinx population will be a powerful force, as it is the country’s largest minority group of voters for this election cycle. An estimated 11.6 million Latinx voters are expected to vote this year. In order to encourage the greatest possible participation in the democratic process, Alianza Americas, a coalition of 53 migrant-led groups advancing equity in 18 states, and its digital organizing powerhouse Presente.org, have prepared a series of resources under its #VoteForAll campaign, intended to educate and empower communities, regardless of whether or not they are citizens.  

 

“The midterms will be a critical time for us to make our voices heard, and to vote for the welfare of those who cannot cast a ballot,” said Nancy Treviño, associate director for network power at Alianza Americas. “Even for those who do not have the ability to vote, there are plenty of ways to get involved by canvassing, going to town halls, or getting eligible voters registered to participate in this year’s elections. Together, we can build a democracy that is multi-ethnic, inclusive, and participatory.”

 

“Two million Latinx youth who have reached voting age since the 2020 election are now eligible to vote. Come November, we’ll be mobilizing so that first-time voters from mixed-status families seize the moment,” said Iris Canizalez of CRECEN Houston, an organization that, as part of the Alianza Americas coalition, is mobilizing vote drives for the Latinx community in the Houston area. “Candidates need to be ready to respond because what our young voters want to know is, what are you going to do to keep families in our communities together?” 

 

“My parents don’t have the right to cast a ballot, so this November, my vote is my family’s voice,” said Claudia Elizabeth Jorge Benitez from California, whose parents are beneficiaries of the TPS humanitarian program. “When I cast my ballot, it’ll be for leaders who aren’t going to leave communities like mine out to dry. ”

Resources in the toolkit include:

 

“Don’t leave it to the last minute. Elections are just around the corner. Vote for all the people in our community who can’t cast a ballot,” said Yareliz Mendez-Zamora of the Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC), in a video encouraging members of her community to vote. 

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Alianza Americas is the premier transnational advocacy network of Latin American migrant-led organizations working in the United States, across the Americas, and globally to create an inclusive, equitable and sustainable way of life for communities across North, Central and South America. Alianza’s digital organizing powerhouse is Presente.org.

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