NCLR launches "Mobilize to Vote" campaign, seeks to register and turn out thousands of Latinos for 2012 elections
Washington, D.C.—The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) has launched its "Mobilize to Vote" (M2V) campaign, one of the country’s largest Hispanic-focused civic engagement efforts working to register and mobilize 180,000 Latinos to vote on Election Day this coming November.
“Latino voters have left their mark in previous elections and will be a critical factor in 2012,” said Janet Murguía, NCLR President and CEO. “There is a lot at stake for Hispanics in terms of the issues our community cares most about: the economy, immigration, education, and health care. Through our work to expand this electorate, we hope to see both parties meaningfully reach out to Latino voters and work to advance real solutions to the nation’s most pressing challenges.”
“As the largest minority group and fastest-growing population, Latinos will help determine the outcome of local, state, and national races. Given increasingly tight election margins, this influence will be felt not only in places with significant Latino populations, but also in states not traditionally associated with this community. In 2008, for example, the number of Latinos who voted was larger than the margins of victory in North Carolina and Indiana,” noted Clarissa Martínez De Castro, NCLR Director of Civic Engagement.
NCLR’s M2V campaign includes plans for field canvassing operations in Florida, Nevada, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey; a service provider program working with NCLR Affiliates to register eligible Latinos in additional states, including California, Texas, and North Carolina; and a digital program offering online registration and voter education tools to Latinos nationwide. Registration efforts will primarily focus on door-to-door canvassing and community-based events. Mobilize to Vote will engage the Hispanic community at all stages of the electoral process, from registration, to voter education and protection, to mobilization to the polls. The campaign is part of a comprehensive effort that goes beyond the 2012 election, and promotes a continuum of civic engagement, helping eligible immigrants become citizens, citizens become voters, and the community overall engage in policy debates.
“While our population numbers have grown tremendously, it is critical that we continue to turn that population growth into real political influence,” added Murguía. “Latinos are an asset to shaping a national agenda that benefits all Americans. The only way to do that is to have our community informed and engaged in critical issues and debates, and registered and voting on Election Day.”
NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org.