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November 01, 2012

Making Sure Everyone Gets to Vote

Vote!The Sierra Club and our Bilingual Media Strategist Javier Sierra are working with the country's eight largest Latino organizations to get out the vote and promote a bilingual hotline for voters to get informed or report any voter suppression incidents. 

"If the goal of all these eight is met, we can get 12 million Latinos out to vote this week, 25% more than in 2008," says Javier of the National Latino Civic Engagement Table’s goals.

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The National Latino Civic Engagement Table get out the vote efforts are supported by a national voter hotline, which will be operational 12-hours per day, 7-days per week  with bilingual operators available to provide Latino voters with information about where, when, and how to vote. The toll-free bilingual hotline, 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (1-888-839-8682) will also be a reliable outlet for reporting voter intimidation and suppression. 

This GOTV effort is part of the "Ya Es Hora, ¡Ve y Vota!" ("It's time, go out and vote!") campaign to promote Latino civic participation.

According to the National Latino Civic Engagement Table, Latino turnout is poised to reach historic heights this November, but Latino voters are still facing significant obstacles. Voters confront an unprecedented amount of legislative action -- voter identification mandates, tighter restrictions on early and absentee voting, and faulty citizenship-based voter purges -- that will make voting difficult for more than 219,000 Latino voters in at least five states to cast ballots on Election Day this year.

In 2008, the hotline received more than 35,000 calls, 8,200 of which were placed on Election Day alone; 90 trained operators and 30 attorneys were on hand to respond to calls from across the nation.

The National Latino Civic Engagement Table is comprised of the following groups: Center for Community Change and the Hispanic Federation,, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, League of United Latin American Citizens, Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund, National Council of La Raza, Presente.org, and Voto Latino.

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