Registered Latino voters push even harder five weeks before election
Arizona is less than a week away from the final date for those who can register to vote in the general election.
ABC15 spoke with Joe Garcia with Chicanos Por La Cause Action Fund, he says they are still trying to register as many people by October 11th.
In April, Garcia’s organization teamed up with other groups for a $10 million “Get Out the Latino Vote” campaign.
“This campaign involves everything from door-to-door, shippers, fairs and anything else you can think of,” Garcia said.
He tells ABC15 that the campaign helped generate 30,000 more voters in the August primary than in the previous one.
Juanita Gonzales made sure to vote.
“It took work. We moved. I kept getting papers and letters saying I wasn’t registered. But I kept sending them back. So I’m in. I’m in,” Gonzales said.
And, she plans to vote again in five weeks.
ABC15 found that some key issues for Latino voters include the economy, education, health care and affordable housing.
For Phillip Soto, the priority is not the specific issues of the campaign, but rather the vote itself.
“I really believe that voting should be accessible to everyone,” Soto said.
Climate change and immigration, for Nicole Topete, are important.
But, as a proud millennial, she seeks confidence.
“I think there’s a lot of misinformation and misconceptions about what, as Latinos, we believe in and care about. I think a lot of it comes from our personal histories and personal upbringing. “, said Topete.
The Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce released its 2022 Datos report on Monday. It is the most comprehensive compilation of secondary research on Hispanic consumers in 26 years.
“What we know, from a basic demographic perspective, in Arizona, Latinos make up 30% of the state’s population, 40% of metro Phoenix, and over 50% of our K-12 system. So, the message is the future is Hispanic,” said Chamber resident Monica Villalobos.