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New York's New Americans Gear Up to Vote

October 28, 2008

New York, NY - In just one week, New York voters will make their choice from a multiethnic group of candidates for president. Today, 58,000 New Americans are the focus of a major "get out the vote" effort.

In Bay Ridge, it's the Arab Community; in Brooklyn, they're calling Russian voters; and in Albany, the effort is focused on New York's religious and Latino communities. Dr. Aletia Jones, with the Arise Immigration Task Force, says many thousands of phone calls will be made from now until Election Day.

"We will be calling 10,000 Hispanic surname voters in the Capitol District area, as well as 2,000 members of our faith-based institutions, and encouraging them to vote."

Immigrants now make up two out of three first-time voters in New York City. While there appears to be strength in those registration numbers, the key for advocates is making sure they all turn out on Election Day. Julio Urrutia, with the Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse, says the voter drive in his part of the state has focused on 13,000 New York voters of Asian, Middle Eastern and Latino backgrounds.

"This week is really the last push to get all the folks we've been contacting for the last couple months, with our door-to-door work and our phone banking, to contact them again. We stress the importance of coming out to vote and being involved in the political process, and making it relevant to the challenges they face in their lives."

In addition to making phone calls, Urrutia says the groups are also working to educate immigrant voters about their rights on Election Day.

Michael Clifford/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - NY