Latino Media Groups Want To Register 1 Million New Voters
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, April 16) -- Alarmed by a wave of anti-Hispanic and anti-immigrant feelings, two Hispanic media groups today said they hope to register at least one million new voters before the November election.
Officials of the National Association of Hispanic Publications and New York-based Univision, the Spanish-language TV network, announced the voter registration drive.
"Hispanics have been significantly alarmed over anti-Hispanic efforts that have overtaken this country," Andres Tobar, the association's executive director, told the Associated Press.
The group mentioned anti-immigration sentiment in Congress and the recent videotaped beatings of Mexicans in Southern California by sheriff's deputies.
The campaign to encourage registration and voting will feature print ads and TV public service announcements by noted Latinos, including Edward James Olmos, Rita Moreno, Geraldo Rivera and Cheech Marin.
Latinos make up 11 percent of the U.S. population, but the community's political clout does not match its numbers. Many people are either under 18 ornot citizens, both requirements to register and vote.
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