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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Kyle Rothenberg is part of the Junior Reporter program at Fox News. Get more information on the program here and follow them on Twitter: @FNCJrReporters

 

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2014/10/13/latino-vote-may-be-deciding-factor-in-georgia-senate-race/

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#GALatinoVote: Congressional Scorecard on Latino Issues Released in September

National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (September 16, 2014)

For a copy of the Scorecard (PDF), click here

Washington, D.C. – The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), a coalition of 39 of the nation’s premier Latino advocacy organizations, released its Congressional Scorecard for the 113th Congress, covering how Congress performed on issues that impact the Latino community. The scorecard considers 15 votes in the House and Senate on immigration and economic issues as well as five additional Senate votes on confirmation of Latino presidential appointees. The document also includes an addendum assessing votes in the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on immigration reform.

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Georgia Voters Challenged to Vote Early and #PostThePeach

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 8, 2014

Media Contacts:

Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO, jerry@galeo.org, 404-745-2580

Elizabeth Poythress, League of Women Voters of Georgia, epoythress@lwvga.org, 404-816-4942

Jessica A. Corbitt-Dominguez, Jessica.corbitt@fultoncountyga.gov, 404-713-5990 (Cell)
Georgia Voters Challenged to Vote Early and #PostThePeach

Coalition of Counties & Civic Engagement Organizations Kick Off Campaign October 10 Urging Georgians to Vote Early

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