A coalition of Long Island community groups are kicking off a voter registration drive for Latino immigrants ahead of the November elections, they announced in a press conference Thursday.
The groups, including the Long Island Immigrant Alliance, say they plan on placing ads, making phone calls and using the addresses of new citizens to register voters. They also plan to teach new voters where to vote and how to read English ballots.
Latinos are the fastest growing minority on Long Island. Last year, nearly 15,000 Latinos became U.S. citizens and thousands more turned 18 and are therefore eligible to vote. It’s just a matter of getting them to go out to the polls, activists say.
"This process that we're initiating today is going to include Latinos from one tip of the Island to the other tip,” Luis Valenzuela, of the Long Island Immigrant Alliance, says.
Group wants new citizens to vote