LULAC URGES LATINOS TO MARK NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY WITH AN ACT OF EMPOWERMENT
Nation's Oldest and Largest Latino Civil Rights Organization Says Our Greatest Civic Voice Is Our Ballot During an Election and Latinos Now Have the Deciding Edge In Many Races
Washington, DC – The League of United Latin American Citizens today issued the following statement on National Voter Registration Day, an observance started in 2012 as a reminder to Americans eligible to vote to do so. Since its launch, 4.7 million voters have registered on this day during the past decade.
Domingo García – LULAC National President
"In recent days, I have crisscrossed our nation with a team of other LULAC volunteers in support of our migrant brothers and sisters who are being used as political piñatas at the cost of their suffering and pain. This experience makes it crystal clear in our minds more than ever that voting is the only way to change political policies. This includes decisions affecting immigration, education, access to health care, services to seniors and veterans, equity and equality in the workplace, and inclusion of our LGBTQIA+ community. I urge every Latino who can do so, to register to vote and use their vote this election cycle. If you cannot vote for whatever reason, encourage those in your family or among your friends to do so. We are now the largest, youngest, fastest growing voter block in our country and will be the tipping point vote in critical elections this year. We can discuss, debate, and even disagree on many issues, but one truth is undeniable; voting is the only way to ensure 62-million-plus Latinos are at the table, not what's being served on the table. We matter and our vote is our power."
Rodolfo Rosales Jr. – Texas LULAC State Director
"As the first openly-gay LULAC state director in our organization's history, the inclusion of all members of my Latino community is a core belief. Voter Registration Day is an opportunity to remind everyone that inclusion is not automatic, and we must advocate, mobilize, and cast our ballots for the rights in which we believe. We must vote as if our lives depend on it because the truth is, they do. My strongest voice is my vote, and no one will ever silence it."
José Barrera – California LULAC State Director
"I am a Dreamer and can attest firsthand to the importance of Voter Registration Day. Dreamers are still in limbo today, and we must continue to remind everyone that we have earned the privilege of being recognized as Americans. This reality will only come to pass if we make it so, and voting is the path to a better society for all of us, not just a few. Young people will be the change makers in coming elections, so may this day mark our recommitment to being heard through our vote!"
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington D.C., with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services, and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting the critical needs of today and the future. For more information visit www.LULAC.org