Nuestra Voz, Nuestro Voto, Nuestra Comunidad
By Armando Bellmas, Director of Communications
October 14, 2014
UPDATE: Read a recap of this event here.
You’re invited to a Town Hall to discuss these and other important issues for Charlotte's Latino community this election. The meeting takes places on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at Caldwell Presbyterian Church, 1609 E. 5th Street in Charlotte.
Participants include Vanessa Faura, former Republican candidate for the Charlotte City Council; Nelda Leon, representative from the Mecklenburg Hispanic Democrats; Rafael Prieto, editor of the newspaper Qué Pasa Mi Gente; Ailen Arreaza, community representative and writer; and Elver Barrios, community organizer for the Latin American Coalition.
The Latino vote has the power to decide
As the number of young Latinos turning 18 increases, so will the number of potential new voters, in North Carolina and nationwide. The time to register, mobilize, and inform Hispanic voters is now, especially with five counties in the Charlotte area seeing significant increases in their Hispanic populations since the census in 2010-- Mecklenburg +11%, Gaston +7%, Union +10%, Iredell +8%, Cabarrus +9%, and York County, SC +15%.
According to NCLR, our partner for this town hall discussion, 8.6 million Latinos are eligible to register to vote, but are not registered. When factoring in registered Hispanic voters who did not vote in 2012, the possible impact nearly doubles: there are almost as many potential Latino voters (11.1 million) as there are actual Latino voters (12.2 million). And the numbers will continue to grow.
900,000 Hispanic U.S. citizens turn 18 each year
In the next 15 years, about 900,000 Hispanic U.S. citizens will turn 18 each year nationwide, yielding a total of more than 13.5 million potential new Hispanic voters. With proper motivation and outreach, Latino voters can be a driving force in electoral outcomes in gubernatorial, state legislative, and congressional races across the country in 2014. Being informed about the issues that affect our community is increasinly important.
“Voting is essential in our political system,” says Lacey Williams, Advocacy Director of the Latin American Coalition. “It's the way we show power. Registering our community and allies to vote is the next step in building an unstoppable force that politicians must reckon with.”
This town hall is presented and hosted by the Latin American Coalition and NCLR. For more info, contact Lacey Williams at 980-225-2747.