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Latinos and Millennials targeted to register to vote

Posted at 5:53 PM, Oct 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-06 13:09:45-04
The voter registration deadline is just a week away and organizations across Pima County are working hard to make sure you're registered to vote. Their main target? Millennials and Latino voters. 
 
With such a close Presidential race, 'Mi Familia Vota' and the University of Arizona are doing what they can in order to get people not only registered but to the polls come a few weeks from now. 
 
The non-partisan organization, 'Mi Familia Vota' is hitting the pavement hard this week, making sure Latinos are registered to vote and educated on both candidates. 
 
With the deadline to vote, October 10th they have registered 6,422 Latinos in Tucson but their goal is 7,000.
 
Lead Canvasser, Amadeus Toledo-Seitz says this is an important election for the Hispanic community. Adding, "because of the policies that are being talked about in this election."
    
They're going as young as high school seniors in Pima County. 
 
The past Presidential election in 2012, there was only 27% of Latinos that voted. The community as a whole makes up 35% of Tucson.  
 
Seitz adds, "that's giving our voice away. We can't expect there to be change for Latinos if we do not voice our opinions."
 
Another group organizations want to clinch are Millennials. Here in Tucson, roughly 160,000 can make a difference if they vote. 
 
Spencer Bateman, Executive Director of government affairs at the UA says, "for the first time in a while students of the UA can have such a tangible difference on the elections as a whole and can really affect things. "
 
The University has planned debate parties, events and are setting up voter registration stations.
 
"Students can come and vote in between classes. No big hassle, get it our of the way and make sure their voices are heard. " 
 
Throughout the years, The Pima County Recorders office says here in our county early voter registration requests have increased by 27% but the number of people sending them back have decreased.