THE LATINO COMMUNITY AND VOTING RIGHTS
Saturday, October 20, 2012 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Escuela Tlateloclo 2949 Federal Boulevard, Denver, CO 80211
Learn About Your Rights
With over one million Latinos in Colorado, representing 17 percent of potential voters – our community’s voice matters in the November election. This year we have seen attempts to make it harder for thousands of voters to participate.
Restrictive voting laws have been pushed in many states, including Colorado. Secretary of State Scott Gessler mailed nearly 4,000 registered voters in the state requesting that they prove that they are citizens or voluntarily withdraw their state voter registrations.
Join advocacy and community leaders in the Latino community to hear about what is being done to combat attempts to restrict Latino voters in this election!
Every vote counts!
Colorado Latino Leadership, Advocacy and Research Organization (CLLARO)
Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR)
Colorado Progressive Coalition (CPC)
Mi Familia Vota (MFV)
Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR)
Other Important Dates:
October 22, 2012
Early Voting Begins
October 23, 2012 Univision Contacto Comunitario with Mi Familia Vota 5:00 p.m. Newscast
October 30, 2012
Deadline to submit a change of address online to be effective for the 2012 general election. After Tuesday, October 30, you may still change your address in person at your county’s election office.
November 2, 2012
Last Call – Get Out The Vote
November 6, 2012
7:00am – 7:00pm
To find your local county elections office, click here.
For more information on any of the above events, contact Kathy Maestas at 303-722-5150 ext. 108.
MAIL BALLOTS ARE IN THE MAIL –
BUT MAYBE NOT TO YOU
Colorado county clerks are mailing ballots to voters this week, but don’t count on one arriving in your mailbox!
The clerks are mailing ballots ONLY to voters who have signed up for “permanent vote by mail” at their county clerk’s office or when they registered to vote. About half of Colorado registered voters are now on that list. The other half can still request a mail ballot, vote in early voting or wait until Election Day and vote at your local precinct or vote center.
The League of Women Voters, Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, Colorado Latino Leadership Advocacy Organization (CLLARO) and Vets’ Voice Foundation are aligning through the “Don’t Count on It” coalition to tell people not to count on a mail ballot.
“It’s important to check your voter registration status. If you don’t receive a ballot in the next few days, you should ask for one or prepare to vote early,” said Jeremy Shaver of the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado.
Colorado voters can check their status at www.govotecolorado.com Registered, eligible voters can request a mail ballot at the website or find out if they need to vote in person.
“Presidential elections are not an all mail-ballot election, so if you’re expecting the Post Office to deliver a ballot, double-check your voting status to make sure you have signed up to receive one and your status has not changed,” said Gerry Cummins of the Colorado League of Women Voters.
If you did not vote in 2010, you will not receive a mail ballot, even if you signed up for permanent vote by mail. Voters who skip one election are declared “inactive.”
“There’s a big drop-off in voting during off-year elections. Many voters don’t know if they miss a general election, they also get removed from that permanent vote by mail list,” said Olivia Mendoza, executive director of CLLARO.
“Many veterans who were on active duty overseas may not know they’re not going to get a ballot automatically. They can still ask for a ballot or vote in person but it’s important to understand their status,” said Garett Reppenhausen of Vets’ Voice Foundation.
Voters have until October 30 to request a mail ballot. County clerks are sending mail ballots this week. Early, in-person voting will begin next week.