RCI-ALRE Team Up to Present “Emerging Latino Vote” Town Hall
“Arizona’s Emerging Latino Vote” was the focus of last spring’s annual ALRE/RCI Town Hall, held February 10, 2012 in Bulpitt Auditorium at Phoenix College.
A collaborative event presented by the RCI and Arizona Latino Research Enterprise, a local group dedicated to increasing civic engagement among Latinos, the town hall featured election experts on various panels recounting how Latino voters played a pivotal role in at least four races in Maricopa County last year, including the Phoenix elections for mayor and two city council seats, as well as the recall of former State Senate President Russell Pearce.
“Major elections were decided in large part by Latino voter turnout in 2011, and we believe that trend will continue in the year to come,” said James Garcia, chairman of Arizona Latino Research Enterprise, a Phoenix-based Latino advocacy organization.
Panels and speakers examined the increasing influence of the Latino electorate on local, state and national politics. In particular, panels and speakers will address the growing contributions and achievements of Latino youth, both at the voting booth and as active participants in creating greater civic engagement among Latinos.
“We were able to hear in real numbers about the voter registration and get-out-the-vote activities from those directly involved,” said Roberto Reveles, a founding member of the RCI and an RCI Advisory Committee member.
The event was followed by a “Young Voters Celebration” on the lawn of the Bulpitt Auditorium in Pastor Plaza, with support donated by Mr. Reveles.
Event sponsors were Arizona Public Service, Salt River Project, Magellan Health Services, Univision Arizona, Arizona State University’s Center for Community Development and Civil Rights and the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.