Latino Community Foundation (LCF) and Urbanist Collective combine in an effort to mobilize Latino voters

October 25, 2022 /

The Latino Community Foundation (LCF) and Urbanist Collective will host a workshop to mobilize Latino voters in California’s Central Valley on October 29 from 11AM-4Pm in 1005 11th Ave Delano, CA.

The workshop will consist of community art murals, food, music, and voter registration.

According to the LCF, only 29% of voters reported that they’ve been contacted about voting. In a press release from the LCF they said Latino voters demonstrate a strong commitment to progressive policy issues.

“Yet, there is such a low level of engagement of these crucial voters by candidates, with only 29% of Latino voters saying they have been contacted and asked to vote,” said Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, CEO of the Latino Community Foundation. “Our democracy is stronger when voters are engaged in every election. Especially considering that Latino voters can determine the balance of power in Congress at a moment in time when we are facing one of the worst inflations in decades and we are still trying to heal and rebuild from the COVID pandemic.”

Matt Barreto, co-founder of BSP Research and Professor of Political Science at UCLA said in a press release that two-thirds of Latino registered voters in California say they are certain to vote, but 31% say they are on the fence and not yet certain.

“If campaigns want to see massive Latino turnout, they need to engage heavily to get out the vote in the final weeks. Over half of California Latinos say they will vote early using a mail ballot and 19% say they will vote early in-person. That leaves just 29% of Latinos who plan to vote on Election Day. Get out the vote starts now,” said Barreto in the press release.

The LCF Poll also found:

  • 73% said inflation and jobs and the economy are their top concern;
  • 80% of Latinos say the cost of living is going up faster than they can keep up, yet Latino voters in California are more likely to say they are optimistic that things are getting better;
  • Latinos in California give Democratic candidates a large margin of 58% to 20% for Republicans in the election for U.S. House, unlike national polls that suggest Republicans are making in-roads with Latinos;
  • 57% of Latino voters said they had heard or read little to nothing about the Inflation Reduction Act, demonstrating a steep disconnect between policies they overwhelming support and a missed opportunity for the Administration to build goodwill on this historic passed legislation.

According to the press release, the LCF commissioned the statewide poll of California’s Latino Voters from BSP Research. They surveyed 1,200 Latino registered voters across California for a margin-of-error of +/- 2.8%. The poll was conducted on-line and by phone in English and Spanish at the discretion of the respondent. Interviews were conducted between September 26, 2022 – October 5, 2022.

“This poll represents a unique deep-dive into the California Latino electorate with one of the largest and bilingual sample of Latino voters from across the entire state,” said Gary Segura, President of BSP Research in the press release. “The findings clearly show Latinos expect their elected officials to deliver on climate change, affordable housing, immigrant rights and much more. However, the poll also shows that more outreach needs to be done by individual candidates to connect with and convince Latino voters. From ballot measures to the U.S. Congress, Latino voters can be the difference makers, but only if candidates reach out and engage the Latino community.”

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