Initiative presented to promote registration and vote of Latinos in primaries in New York

A coalition of Latino organizations today launched an educational campaign to mobilize this community to register to vote and participate in the next primaries on June 27 in which the Council (state legislature), county attorneys and some judges will be elected.

Latino Action Week kicked off today with various events in the Bronx, where there is a 54.8% Latino population and was one of the counties with participation lower in the 2022 primaries and elections, and will later be extended to the rest of the counties in areas of high Hispanic concentration.

In the Democratic primaries of June and August of last year, when they voted to elect candidates for Congress and the federal Senate, governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, and for the state Assembly and Senate, participation in The Bronx was only 10.5% and 9.1% and in the November elections it rose only to 27.9%, as reported by the coalition today.

This situation was attributed to the number of elections that took place last year, the distance from the voting centers and also to the fact that electoral participation was not a priority for Hispanics, the ethnic group most affected by the covid, a health crisis that It led them to lose family members, jobs and their homes.

Emely Páez, of the Hispanic Federationpointed out during the press conference that during this initiative, Latino voters will be informed about the deadline to register to vote, on June 17, when early voting also begins until the 25th, and that on the 26th of this month is the deadline to request an absentee ballot.

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“We want to ensure that Latinos participate in the electoral process,” said Eddie Cuesta, executive director of Dominicanos USA, who recalled that these elections are carried out as a result of electoral redistribution, which is done after each census and that led to changes in electoral districts.

Attorney Fulvia Vargas, from Latino Justice, warned that “We are at a crucial moment” to go to the polls because in the country laws are emerging to suppress the vote, which affects mainly blacks and Latinos.

“We cannot let them continue to see us as a minority group because we are almost 30% of the population in this city” and 14% of all citizens eligible to vote in the US, he said.

In Brooklyn Latinos are 18.9% of the population, 27.8% in Queens and 23.8% in Manhattan. “We have the power, we have the numbers, get out there and vote,” said Orlando Ovalles, Northeast US civic engagement director for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO).

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