Last minute efforts to get out the Latino vote
In Pima County, "Mi Familia Vota" began helping Latino voters register in March. During the home stretch leading up to election day, its focus has shifted to making sure Latinos make it to the polls.Photo: Video by kgun9.com
Reporter: Justin Schecker
Web Producer: Mekita Rivas
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Latinos nationwide are expected to break voter turnout records on Tuesday.
In Pima County, "Mi Familia Vota" began helping Latino voters register in March. During the home stretch leading up to Election Day, its focus has shifted to making sure Latinos have their voices heard.
The goal was to register 1,750 new voters, but coordinator Deya Martinez said Mi Familia Vota topped that by helping 2,000 new Latino voters register.
"Latinos are listening and they're realizing what they need to do to be active in their community and make a difference and make their voice heard," Martinez said.
But to have their voices heard, organizers like Martinez are hoping for higher turnout rates. In these final days before the election, Mi Familia Vota is making sure Latino voters are clear on where to go vote.
"Just having people on the ground and knocking on doors," Martinez said. "Letting people know where their polling locations are, what time the polling locations are open, and if they need rides to the polls, we can provide that as well."
Nationally, the presidential candidates are paying greater attention to the latino vote, but organizers here in Tucson said their concerns are the same as everybody else.
"Consistently, the top three things people told us were jobs and the economy, education and immigration," Martinez said.
Martinez told 9 On Your Side Mi Familia Vota helped 4,900 already registered voters in Pima County sign up to cast their ballots early.
In 2008, President Barack Obama won two thirds of Latino votes. New polls show that he has a similar backing going into tomorrow's vote, but throughout his campagin, Governor Mitt Romney has focused on his economic policy when reaching out to the Latino community.