GROWING LATINO ELECTORATE IN GEORGIA POISED TO IMPACT UPCOMING MIDTERM ELECTIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 29, 2014

Contact: Camila Gallardo, cgallardo@nclr.org, (305) 215-4259
GROWING LATINO ELECTORATE IN GEORGIA POISED TO IMPACT UPCOMING MIDTERM ELECTIONS

ATLANTA, GA—Today, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) and GALEO (Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials) were joined by Latino Decisions in a morning briefing for reporters to discuss the potential impact of Latino participation in the upcoming elections. The number of registered Hispanic voters in Georgia grew from 26,000 in 2000 to 140,000 in 2012, a 438 percent increase. Latinos currently represent 4 percent of the eligible electorate in that state, while current polling averages show that less than 1 percent separates the Senate candidates and less than 2 percent separates the gubernatorial candidates.

“The Latino vote has been growing faster in Georgia than in almost any other state, and politicians of both parties need to wake up and face the demographic reality of their state,” said Matt Barreto, co-founder of Latino Decisions. “With two extremely close elections forecast in Georgia this year, there is a very real chance that the Latino vote will decide races for Senate and governor. Take note of the Latino vote in Georgia, because it will only continue to increase.”

NCLR is partnering with GALEO to reach out to Latinos in Georgia and mobilize Hispanic voter turnout on November 4. This nonpartisan effort is aimed at building Latino participation and increasing the community’s ability to positively influence the political process. The groups are contacting more than 20,000 potential Latino voters in Georgia by phone, direct mail and canvassing. NCLR has also begun airing nonpartisan Spanish language radio ads urging Latinos to turn out to the polls next Tuesday.

“There’s a lot at stake for Latinos this election, and while some may feel frustrated by the lack of action on issues like immigration, a powerful way to break that gridlock and make progress on these issues is by growing the Hispanic electorate,” said Loren McArthur, Deputy Director of Civic Engagement at NCLR. “In Georgia, Latino voters can absolutely make a difference in this November’s elections.”

Many issues of top concern for the Hispanic community—jobs, the economy, minimum wage, health insurance and equal pay—will be impacted by this year’s congressional and state elections. Millions of Latinos, for example, remain uninsured; meanwhile, lawmakers in 24 states, including Georgia, have rejected federal funding to expand Medicaid, denying insurance to nearly one million low-income Latinos across the country.

“Latino voters in Georgia are excited about participating in the midterm elections this year,” McArthur continued. “Hispanics recognize the power that we have and will vote to ensure our community gets the respect it deserves. Latino voters have been paying attention to the elections this year and are committed to making a difference by voting.”

NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

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Last week of early voting! Go VOTE & #PostThePeach! Volunteers needed on Tues & Thurs for GOTV phone banking. Call from home too! ALL can help! Spread the word! #GALatinoVote

#GALatinoVote Mobilization Email: Last week of early voting! Go VOTE & #PostThePeach! Volunteers needed on Tues & Thurs for GOTV phone banking. Call from home too! ALL can help! Spread the word! #GALatinoVote

October 27, 2014

Let’s go vote!  Early voting has been a great success and lots of people are voting early!  This is the LAST week of early voting (until Friday, 10/31/14).

We want you to go vote, take a selfie & post it to social media to tag & challenge your friends with the #PostThePeach campaign.  Don’t be left out!

Our efforts continue to Get Out To VOTE (GOTV).  We will need volunteers for this and you and your friends and family to participate with us.  Please see below and let us know if you are able to assist us during the week, evening, office hours, weekends, from home, offer rides to the polls?  Your choice.  Let us know.

Questions about the voting process or problems with the citizenship verification process?  Call us at 1-888-54GALEO.  Orale!  Su VOTO Es Su Voz!

By the way, have you visited our new website re-design?  Please check it out and let us know your thoughts!  Visit www.GALEO.org!

#GALatinoVote

Stay more engaged and connected at www.facebook.com/GALEO.org. Updates are posted daily on what is happening regarding immigration and voting access.

Orale!  Our work together builds towards greater respect for our community & better inclusion of Latinos in Georgia!
Thank you!

Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO

www.facebook.com/JerryGonzalezGALEO  

VOLUNTEERS needed for 2014 Voter Engagement Activities!

YOUR volunteer time and efforts are needed next onTuesdays and Thursdays in October and you can choose volunteer times from 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM for calling of Latino & targeted voters in Gwinnett & Hall Counties.

Phone banking will be at Event Space at the Rush Center located at 1530 Dekalb Ave., Atlanta, GA  30307.  The hours are there for your flexibility and a few hours of your time does help a lot!

Please sign up here:  http://tinyurl.com/ProGeorgiaPhoneBank

Can’t come to Atlanta for these phone banking efforts?  Then let us know and we will send you phone lists and scripts to make calls from your home anywhere in the state!  Please send an email to samuel@galeo.org and he will get you set up.

We will be needing volunteers to offer rides to the polls on election day in the Metro Atlanta area.  If you are interested in helping with these efforts to be a driver, please contact amanda@georgiawand.org.

We will be seeking volunteers to canvass neighborhoods in Gwinnett and Hall Counties.  Please send an email to alex@galeo.org to coordinate your support for canvassing during the last weekend of canvassing.  YOUR help will be needed!

YOUR volunteer efforts are needed in a big way. To volunteer, we ask that people be bilingual for our efforts or fluent in English for our broader efforts with our allies. Volunteers for our GOTV efforts do not have to be U.S. citizens.  Immigrants, not yet citizens, can help us get those that are registered out to vote!  Orale!  Everyone can help!

Questions?  Please email samuel@galeo.org for more information.  Thanks!

To read the full advocacy email, please follow this link.

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GALEO & the #GALatinoVote

By Crystal Munoz, GALEO Intern

October 24, 2014

As the midterm elections are quickly approaching, GALEO has been working tirelessly to help the Latino community, as well as others, become civically engaged. Registering citizens to vote and getting them out to vote has been the main focus in causing a change in our Georgia communities.

Georgia is changing every day and the changes have not gone unnoticed. Mark Z. Barabak from the LA TIMES picked to profile Georgia, as well as other southern states, for an article about the changing politics in the south. The article looks at how the growing Latino communities throughout the south will undoubtedly transform the face of the south. Barabak chose to interview the Executive Director of GALEO, Jerry Gonzalez, on how it is playing a crucial role in creating a “New South”.

During the interview Barabak and Gonzalez talked extensively about the lack of participation among Latinos in politics. Latinos are the largest minority in the United States, yet we have very little representation in the legislature and we are not as politically active as we could be. Gonzalez sees this as a major problem and the remedy is GALEO.

GALEO’s mission is to increase civic engagement by registering Latinos to vote and reminding them to vote; thus, creating a stronger voice for the community. Since its creation, GALEO and its many volunteers have been able to increase participation from 5 percent to 22 percent, register over 7,000 new Americans at naturalization ceremonies, and 839 new voters through different events and canvassing efforts. In addition to civic engagement, GALEO also wants to increase leadership amongst Latino youth.  Through leadership opportunities GALEO can change our current reality of lack of engagement by creating leaders and challenging them for public service and greater community leadership.

Along with the interview, Barabak also spent two full days observing just how GALEO and its’ volunteers work within the Latino community to expand civic engagement. On this particular weekend, GALEO had two events; on Saturday a health fair in Gwinnett County and on Sunday voter registration efforts at churches throughout the City of Gainesville. These are just a few events the organization does to reach Latinos and in many ways just the tip of the iceberg. GALEO’s strategy is to reach as many Latinos as they can within a certain location; therefore, Gwinnett and Gainesville are the perfect locations to showcase how the organization works.

The Latino community is very aware of the recent disappointments that have come from the White House in regards to immigration reform and President Obama’s delays on Executive Action.  Latinos also know the failure of House Republican Leadership on moving any comprehensive immigration reform forward.  Families are being separated and undocumented immigrants continue to live in shadows of society. How long must this continue? Gonzalez believes that through GALEO and the leadership of Latinos in our community, we can create a new reality for all within our community, including all immigrants; as stated in the interview, “No Latino is untouched” when it comes to immigration issues. However, Gonzalez recognizes that laws like H.B. 87 and discriminatory voting practices make it difficult for Latinos, or other minorities for that matter, to want to engage in politics.

This is where you can help. GALEO’s mission has always been to strengthen the Latino voice through civic engagement and the only way to reach out to the community is through volunteering. Help us create change and volunteer today! Contact: samuel@galeo.org for more information on volunteering opportunities.

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Latino Voter Engagement is Growing, Dynamic and Unstoppable

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                               CONTACT

Thursday, October 23, 2014                                 Lizette Escobedo, 858-583-5014

Dawn Le, 202-549-6798

Latino Voter Engagement is Growing, Dynamic and Unstoppable

Despite lack of action on immigration by Congress and Administration, Latino voters are mobilizing across the country and demonstrating their growing influence

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Media Advisory: The New Political Reality: Latino Vote Continues to Grow, Putting New States in Play and Reshaping Electoral Map Beyond 2014 #GALatinoVote

Media Advisory: The New Political Reality: Latino Vote Continues to Grow, Putting New States in Play and Reshaping Electoral Map Beyond 2014 #GALatinoVote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

CONTACT

Lizette Escobedo, 858-583-5014

Dawn Le, 202-549-6798

HEAR FROM FRONTLINE ORGANIZERS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY WORKING TO TURN OUT THE LATINO VOTE

***SPANISH LANGUAGE  TELEPHONE PRESS CONFERENCE***

 

Thursday, October 23, 12PM ET/ 9AM PT

Dial-In: 866-952-1908 Access code: Latino Vote

The New Political Reality:Latino Vote Continues to Grow, Putting New States in Play and Reshaping Electoral Map Beyond 2014

Washington, DC- Despite the tough political environment this year, Latino and immigrant voters across the country are mobilizing like never before: incorporating civic engagement into their community activism year-round, registering new voters through social media, and aggressively getting voters to early vote, vote by mail, and/or to the polls on November 4.

Frontline organizers from competitive governors and senate races in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, and New York will hold a press briefing tomorrow, Thursday, October 23 at 12pm ET/9am PT to preview state GOTV mobilization efforts that are generating mass voter participation, in spite of delays on immigration reform and pervasive anti-immigrant rhetoric used by politicians and candidates this cycle. National and local advocates will discuss how 2014 is setting the stage for future elections in 2016, 2018, and 2020 as the growth trends continue to increase for Latino voters in America and a greater share of the overall electorate both locally and nationally.

SPEAKERS:

Artemio Arreola, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights, Chicago, IL
­Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO, Atlanta, GA
Grace Lopez-Ramirez, SEIU Local 105, Denver, CO
Maria Rodriguez, Florida Immigration Coalition, Miami, FL
Frank Sharry, America’s Voice
TIME/DATE:Thursday, October 23 at 12pm ET/9am PT

DIAL-IN:        1-866-952-1908      Access code: Latino Vote

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GALEO Applauds Azteca America’s national phone drive to assist Latino voters leading up to the midterm elections

GALEO Applauds Azteca America’s national phone drive to assist Latino voters leading up to the midterm elections

For Immediate Release

October 21, 2014

Contact:  Jerry Gonzalez, jerry@galeo.org, 404.745.2580

 

October 21, 2014 (ATLANTA, GA) – Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO, released this statement regarding Azteca America’s effort to promote voting within the Latino community:

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Latino Fox News: Latino vote may be deciding factor in tight Georgia Senate race

By Kyle Rothenberg

Published October 13, 2014Fox News Latino

 
The growing Latino population in Georgia could decide one of tightest Senate races in the country.

With more than 9 percent of the Georgia population identifying themselves as Hispanic or Latino, the Senate race between former non-profit executive Michelle Nunn, a Democrat, and American businessman David Perdue, a Republican, is now more influenced by Hispanics than ever before.

It is one of the races where political analysts and members of the Latino community have noted that the percentage of Latino voters in the state could make a game-changing difference.

“As tight and competitive as the Senate race is in Georgia, I think that the Latino vote has the potential to determine the outcome of the election,” said Jerry Gonzales, Executive Director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials.

The most recent polling data average from Real Clear Politics shows Purdue leading Nunn by more than three points.

“Every indication is that the Senate election in Georgia this year will be very close. So although Latinos are a small component of the electorate, if they vote cohesively for one candidate or the other, it could provide the margin,” said University of Georgia political science professor Charles Bullock.

Political experts say that what is happening in Georgia is a microcosm of what is happening throughout the country – Latino voters are becoming more important in elections across the country as their populations increase in size.

The Purdue and Nunn campaigns did not respond to requests for comment.

One of the most important topics surrounding the Latino community, some experts said, is immigration.

In 2011, Georgia passed a law making the state the strictest when it comes to illegal immigration. HB 87 cracked down on illegal immigration by increasing some law enforcement powers and requiring many employers to check the immigration status of new hires. The law penalizes people who transport or harbor undocumented immigrants.

“The candidates should be aware that immigration is still a very important issue to Latinos. The issue of how they address immigration is a way in how we judge who we will likely vote for in the election,” said Gonzales.

While both candidates have ideological differences on immigration, both are calling for “a more secure border” and are vague on how to carry out the state’s strict immigration law.

Nunn believes “we need comprehensive immigration reform that secures our borders and provides an accountable pathway to citizenship that requires those currently living here go to the back of the line, pass a background check, learn English, and pay back taxes,” her website page says.

Perdue places more of a focus on securing the border, saying on his website page “the debate in Washington over illegal immigration has become unnecessarily complicated…simply put, we need to strictly enforce current laws and any new laws should be straightforward, focusing on true border security.”

Both parties are heavily reaching out to Latino voters in their effort to clinch the seat as Republicans and Democrats nationwide fight for control of the Senate.

A poll focusing on Latino voters came under criticism after it showed that Hispanics in the states were heavily backing the Republican candidate. A Survey USA/NBC-11 Atlanta poll recently reported Latinos favoring Perdue, 44 to 32 percent, with an article entitled “Hispanic voter buck assumptions, back GA GOP candidates.” The 12-point difference could significantly influence the election.

But Matt Barreto, one of the most prominent Latino pollsters in the country, has heavily criticized the poll, claiming it is not credible.

“The poll is garbage,” said Barreto, a professor of political science at the University of Washington and co-founder of the polling and research firm Latino Decisions.

Barreto told Fox News Latino that Survey USA’s sample size of Hispanic voters is only 7 percent, which equals about 38 Latino voters out of the entire 550 likely voters in the survey.

Barreto said Georgia’s Latino population is over 900,000, and a sample size of only 38 people is “not appropriate for estimating Latino vote preference in Georgia.

The margin of error for the Hispanic sub-sample group in the Survey USA poll is plus or minus 16 percent, according to Barreto.

But Georgia Republican strategist Todd Rehm defended the poll.

“When you start looking at sub-groups, you got to keep an eye on the fact that as the number of respondents goes down, your margin of error goes up,” said Rehm said.

But the political parties say they are not worried about polling data, they are just focusing on making sure they adequately reach out to minority groups.

“Regardless of what one poll may show—just as they have in previous elections—Latinos will play a key role in this election in helping to spread the word of the shared priorities between the Democratic Party and their community,” said Rebecca DeHart, executive director of the Democratic Party of Georgia.

Republican Party officials say they have 17 field offices in the state, over 40 full-time staffers, and nearly a thousand grassroots leaders organizing in neighborhoods and communities around the state. But, they said, they are not concentrating on one group.

“Every people group – no matter how large or small – will impact the results of this election,” said Ryan Matthew Mahoney, a spokesman for the Georgia Republican Party. “For that reason, the Georgia Republican Party continues to engage with traditional Republican voters as well as African American, Latino/Hispanic, and Asian voters in Georgia.”

The increasing Latino and Hispanic population numbers does not necessarily mean more of them will show up at the polls on Election Day.

“Despite the fact that the Census data reports the Hispanic population growing pretty quickly, that hasn’t necessarily translated into strong showing at the polls as far as we can tell, Rehm said. “If you look at the Secretary of State’s numbers, it has hovered around 2 percent of the electorate in the last several general elections.”

Gonzales said his group, GALEO, is encouraging Latinos to vote early and to encourage their friends to vote.

“We are doing this specifically in the Latino community because the state of Georgia has a citizenship verification process that people have to overcome in order for them to exercise their right to vote,” Gonzales said. “So if they vote early, they will have a longer time to address any issues that may come up in proving citizenship.”

The Senate candidates are fighting to replace Georgia’s current Senator Saxby Chambliss, who announced earlier in 2013 he would not be running for a third term.

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