The Latino vote is not new in American politics but
it has certainly captured the attention of political
parties and candidates like never before. The modern
phenomena of the Latino vote was popularized during
the 1960 presidential election of John F. Kennedy.
"Viva Kennedy" clubs sprouted up throughout
the Southwest and in other states with growing Latino
populations including Illinois. Since that time two
national organizations have been created for the sole
purpose of registering, educating, and getting Latinos
to vote. They are the Southwest
Voter Registration Education Project, established
in 1974 and now based in Los Angeles, and the United
States Hispanic Leadership Institute (formerly the
Midwest Voter Registration Education Project), established
in 1982 and now based in Chicago. There are literally
hundreds of multi-service organizations currently
involved in registering Latinos to vote, but only
two have been created for the sole purpose of empowering
Latinos through the electoral process.
Thousands of nonpartisan voter registration campaigns
have been organized and conducted over the last 30
years. The methods most commonly used most commonly
used to register voters during the 1970s and 1980s
included door-to-door, rallies, festivals, churches,
and at government agencies. In the 1990s methods were
expanded to include motor-voter. In this decade technology
has made it possible for more people to get involved
in registering voters without ever leaving home.
Make your computer a partner in registering people
to vote. Join with USHLI to register more Hispanics
to vote in your community and to explain and transmit
voter information through the Internet. Registering
and educating new voters through the Internet is now
possible because of the National Voter Registration
Act and is valid in all 50 states.
By utilizing the Internet, you can make sure that
your family, friends and neighbors have all the information
needed to register to vote and to know where to vote.
Research has found that the requirements and procedures
for registering to vote are not as well known or understood
in the Latino community as compared to other communities.
You can help level the playing field for your family,
friends and neighbors by using your computer to access
all the registration and voting information they need.