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More Latinos Reaching Voting Age

The storefront of the Escondido Democratic Club campaign office, which is trying to reach out to Latino youth ahead of the November midterm elections.
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Above: The storefront of the Escondido Democratic Club campaign office, which is trying to reach out to Latino youth ahead of the November midterm elections.

— Midterm elections are about a month away, and the Registrar of Voters is busy putting out pamphlets and voting guides in all languages.

In California, the number of Latino youth who are registering to vote has been growing exponentially -- an estimated 15 percent in the last five years, according to the National Association of Latino Elected Officials.

Carmen Lopez is an outreach coordinator for San Diego County, who says having Spanish materials generally helps bring out the vote. But getting young Americans of immigrant descent to vote poses a different challenge.

"As children, we serve as interpreters for our parents in school, and we continue that role," says Lopez. "And I think the younger people do have a sense of belonging here. It's a matter of registering to vote and becoming a part of the civic engagement for everybody."

As a dedicated outreach liaison for the Latino and immigrant communities, Lopez's job is to reach out to Latinos of all ages and encourage them to exercise their right to vote.

"Right now, there's a Latino that's turning 18 every 30 seconds in the U.S.," says Lopez. "So because we have a younger population, it's very important to engage our young folks in being part of the process."

As the Latino population in San Diego has grown, so has their support for the Democratic Party over the last decade.

Comments

Avatar for user 'oldschoolcool'

oldschoolcool | October 4, 2010 at 4:25 p.m. ― 4 years, 2 months ago

All Americans should vote.
If they are illegal and vote, it is a crime and an insult to American citizens. Hopefully, they have some pride and make that fact known in their outreach, or that makes them unethical criminals as well.
Hopefully, they have a some pride and do right thing.
If not, just another brick in the wall.

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Avatar for user 'Alberto'

Alberto | October 5, 2010 at 2:55 p.m. ― 4 years, 2 months ago

Hey oldschoolcool -- why do you assume that Latino equals illegal? This is a major assumption on your part and an incorrect one. Attitudes and pre-judgements are difficult to change - but maybe you can serve as an example and make a change for the better. Get with the program and educate yourself with voter registration law - one must be a citizen in order to vote and for your information - one can also be a latino a citizen and can VOTE!

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