News Taco: For Texas Latinos, Voting Rights is Voter Education

Photo by Rebecca Aguilar

Photo by Rebecca Aguilar

Can you guess how many eligible Latino voters in Texas did not vote in the 2012 elections? 61%

I was surprised by that percentage too. Close to 4 million Latinos were eligible to vote in Texas, but 61 percent chose not too.  That was 2012, but now how do you get them out for the midterm elections?

Everyone knows Texas Latino voters could make a huge difference in many midterm election races if they show up to cast their ballot. But that’s the challenge, getting them to the voting booths.

To get some answers on voter education and motivating Texas Latinos to vote, I talked to the Texas Organizing Project and Civil Rights leader, Dolores Huerta who was in North Texas to make her push for early voting.  Here’s my story for News Taco “For Texas Latinos, Voting Rights is Voter Education.”

If you don’t vote you can’t complain. If you didn’t early vote, don’t forget to vote on November 4, 2014.

RESOURCES: MIDTERM ELECTIONS IN TEXAS

Vote Texas

Texas Organizing Project

 

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About Rebecca Aguilar

Journalism is my life. I've been a reporter for 36 years. My office is the world. During my career I have been honored with 50 journalism awards and nominations. I'm also an Emmy-nominated TV commentator. I'm currently the VP of Programs for SPJ Fort Worth Chapter. I'm also the former VP of Online for the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

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