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San Diego Organizing Group Report Shows ‘Potential’ Of Underrepresented Voters

Evening Edition

Aired 4/1/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Chris Wilson, Director of Civic Engagement for Alliance San Diego

Mychal Odom, UC San Diego graduate student in the Department of History who researches civil rights and political history of San Diego.


Today is a holiday for many Californians in honor of labor leader Cesar Chavez. His legacy as a community organizer, giving voice to the underrepresented to "si, se puede," or yes we can, remains strong here.

In San Diego, community organizing groups continue to raise the voices of underrepresented voters. Alliance San Diego reports its efforts to engage new-citizen voters and voters of color mobilized 11 percent of the city of San Diego's total voter turnout last election.

The community empowerment group said it worked with paid and volunteer canvassers to reach 75,674 San Diego voters. Of those, 56,552 went to the polls and voted on November 6.

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