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San Diego Leaders Encourage Latinos To Participate In Recall Election

A worker with a face mask and gloves sorts through mail-in ballots at the San Diego County Registrar of Voters in this photo taken Oct. 16, 2020.
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A worker with a face mask and gloves sorts through mail-in ballots at the San Diego County Registrar of Voters in this photo taken Oct. 16, 2020.

Election Day is Tuesday and Alliance San Diego is encouraging voters to get to the polls, especially Latino voters, a key voting group in California.

One out of every four votes in San Diego County is Latino but only a small percentage of Latino voters have cast their ballot in the recall election.

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San Diego Leaders Encourage Latinos To Participate In Recall Election
Listen to this story by Alexandra Rangel.

Alliance San Diego gathered Monday morning at the Montgomery Waller Community Park to encourage Latinos to exercise their right to vote.

The Public Policy Institute of California says they represent 35% of the adult population, but they account for only 21%of those most likely to vote.

As the first Latina County Supervisor, Nora Vargas knows first hand the impact the Latino vote can have.

She said there’s a lot at stake in this race.

“We want to make sure we have equity, we want to make sure we have access to healthcare and education and all the things that matter so our kids have the same opportunities,” Vargas said.

Vote: Alliance San Diego Encourages Latinos To Vote

Vicky Perez, a Latina voter, blames misinformation as one of the reasons Latinos don’t vote.

“I think we are getting a lot of mixed information so I think that's one of the reasons they don't participate,” said Perez.

The San Diego County Registrar of Voters said only about eight-hundred thousand people have turned in their ballots out of the 1.9 million voters in the county.