Civic Engagement

Civic Engagement

Civic Engagement

Elections matter. The more our community participates in our democracy, the more we can hold our elected leaders accountable to make positive, lasting changes.  

Naturalize. Register. Vote.  It's easy as 1, 2, 3!

STEP 1: NATURALIZE

Weren't born in the U.S.? You may be eligible to become a naturalized citizen! We know that applying for citizenship can seem intimidating, but the process has never been easier with our free naturalization workshops. Contact us 704-5311-3848 to see if you're eligible to become a citizen. 

Yes, you can overcome the language barrier. You don’t have to be fluent in English to become a citizen; working knowledge of English is enough. Immigrants 50 or older with at least 20 years as a U.S. legal permanent resident, or those 55 or older with at least 15 years as a U.S. LPR can take the exam in their native language.  For applicants 65 or older, the civics exam becomes simpler.

Applying for citizenship can be affordable - or completely free. We know the $680 application fee is a lot, but you could be eligible for a fee waiver that would bring this cost to zero. In the past four years, La Coalición has helped save applicants nearly $2 million in application fees.

But what about attorney fees? We have that covered, too. La Coalición, in collaboration with our New Americans Campaign partners, organizes naturalization workshops where bilingual attorneys and volunteers are available to help you complete your application - free of cost. In 2015, we helped 172 eligible citizens complete their application and this year we anticipate completing even more.

Click here to see the date of our next naturalization workshop

STEP 2: REGISTER TO VOTE

Voter registration is easy, too.  Once you're a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old and have lived in a North Carolina county for at least 30 days (and aren't serving a sentence for a felony conviction), all you have to do is fill out and submit a form.

First - print, complete and sign this voter registration form. You can also fill out a form at the NC State Board of Elections, your County Board of Elections, your public library, public high schools or college admissions offices.

Next - mail your completed and signed voter registration form to the County Board of Elections for the county in which you live.  Click the link to find the address of your County Board of Elections office.

For more information on voter registration requirements, early voter registration and different ways you can register, visit the NC State Board of Elections website.

STEP 3: GO VOTE!

The numbers show that the Latino vote has a large impact on outcomes, but only if we show up at the polls. If you're already planning on voting in presidential elections, that's great! But remember that elections don't just happen every four years - they happen every year. Elections for all public offices make a difference in your life and the wellbeing of your community. Become a supervoter!

Find a polling place for your preccinct here

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