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Grassroots Effort Works to Connect with MN's Latino Voters

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Tuesday, November 1, 2022   

Across the U.S. a record number of Latinos voted in the 2020 election. In Minnesota, grassroots efforts have ramped up to avoid any participation drop-off for this fall's midterm election. Two years ago, the group Communities Organizing Latino Power and Action connected with more than 100,000 people by phone around the state as staff encouraged Latinos to make their voices heard at the ballot box. Ryan Perez, political campaign manager for Communities Organizing Latino Power and Action, or COPAL, said they are about 5,000 thousand calls away from reaching that goal again this year. He feels that is pretty significant in a non-presidential election, and noted political parties and others doing outreach sometimes overlook communities of color in off years.

"And when you are leaving out the economy of people of color that as well rely on elections-related funding and resources - not only do you have the message not getting across, but you also have the livelihoods of our community not being boosted directly," Perez said.

COPAL is out reminding Latinos in Minnesota about what is at stake on November 8, including the race for governor. Perez said much of their door-knocking and phone calls are happening in cities and towns in the southern half of the state as these communities become more diverse. He said it is important because some people do not have the same level of support and guidance as Latinos based in the Twin Cities.

As with most other populations, Perez said things such as the economy are a big concern for Latinos leading up to the election. But he added there are lingering issues that still top their agenda.

"The two driving issues year after year are always access to driver's licenses across immigrant statuses and health-care access," Perez said.

When it comes to health coverage, Latinos account for 19% of the state's uninsured population. COPAL estimates there are about 65,000 thousand registered Latino voters across Minnesota. Nationally, nearly 16.5-million Latinos voted in 2020, a 30% increase over 2016.


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