NCLR’s Mobilize to Vote Campaign Registers 20,000 Voters




May 22 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                         

Contact:
Camila Gallardo
(305) 573-7329
cgallardo@nclr.org

Washington—Today, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) announced that it has registered 20,000 new Latino voters for the upcoming 2012 elections through its multistate campaign, Mobilize to Vote (M2V).  M2V is the electoral arm of NCLR’s Civic Engagement Program, which aims to build and support long-term Latino participation in the democratic process.  M2V focuses on registering eligible Latinos to vote, elevating the issues Latino voters care about, providing voters the tools to exercise their right to vote, and mobilizing Hispanics to the polls on Election Day.

“As a young community, registration is crucial and meaningful outreach matters,” said Clarissa Martínez-De-Castro, Director of Immigration and Civic Engagement for NCLR.  “There is no substitute for one-on-one contact, which helps demystify and facilitate the voter registration process, and that is the cornerstone of our campaign.  We celebrate these 20,000 voters and expect to keep the momentum in the months ahead.”

Mobilize to Vote has full-time operations currently running in Florida, Colorado, and Nevada, and in June will expand to other states including California, North Carolina, and Texas, working in partnership with NCLR’s Affiliate Network.  In addition, a web portal will allow Latinos nationwide to register online.

“We are committed to expanding Latino civic participation, and this phase is about voter registration, protection, and turnout.  We are already a community whose votes are needed by any candidate to get to the White House.  Growing our electoral and advocacy strength, we can usher in the transformative change our community and our country need,” concluded Martínez-De-Castro.

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 or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

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Issues: Civic Engagement, Latino Voter Participation, Mobilize to Vote, National Campaigns
Geography:California, Far West, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, Texas