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'Democracy depends on participation:' Arizona advocates push voter registration
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'Democracy depends on participation:' Arizona advocates push voter registration

  • Jeamy Ramirez, interim director for Mi Familia Vota in Nevada, left, and Edith Betancourt, also of the organization, distribute free T-shirts at a National Voter Registration Day rally at the state Capitol in Phoenix on Sept. 20, 2022. The shirts read '¡Sí Se Vota!' (Yes, we vote!) and 'Latino Loud.'
    Alexia Faith/Cronkite NewsJeamy Ramirez, interim director for Mi Familia Vota in Nevada, left, and Edith Betancourt, also of the organization, distribute free T-shirts at a National Voter Registration Day rally at the state Capitol in Phoenix on Sept. 20, 2022. The shirts read '¡Sí Se Vota!' (Yes, we vote!) and 'Latino Loud.'
  • Jolyana Begay-Kroupa, CEO of the Phoenix Indian Center, talks about initiatives for the upcoming election and emphasizes the importance of promoting voting in Native communities. The center hosted a run-walk and rally on National Voter Registration Day, Sept. 20, 2022, to help people register to vote and highlight the importance of voting.
    Jimena Vera/Cronkite NewsJolyana Begay-Kroupa, CEO of the Phoenix Indian Center, talks about initiatives for the upcoming election and emphasizes the importance of promoting voting in Native communities. The center hosted a run-walk and rally on National Voter Registration Day, Sept. 20, 2022, to help people register to vote and highlight the importance of voting.
  • Jolyana Begay-Kroupa, CEO of the Phoenix Indian Center, middle, poses with registered voters at the Power of the Native Vote event at the center in central Phoenix on National Voter Registration Day, Sept. 20, 2022.
    Jimena Vera/Cronkite NewsJolyana Begay-Kroupa, CEO of the Phoenix Indian Center, middle, poses with registered voters at the Power of the Native Vote event at the center in central Phoenix on National Voter Registration Day, Sept. 20, 2022.
  • Carolina Rodriguez-Greer, state director for Mi Familia Vota, speaks at a National Voter Registration Day event at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix on Sept. 20, 2022. 'It’s important to inform people about the last day to register to vote in the midterm election,' she says, noting that it’s Oct. 11 in Arizona.
    Alexia Faith/Cronkite NewsCarolina Rodriguez-Greer, state director for Mi Familia Vota, speaks at a National Voter Registration Day event at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix on Sept. 20, 2022. 'It’s important to inform people about the last day to register to vote in the midterm election,' she says, noting that it’s Oct. 11 in Arizona.
  • Advocates hold a banner at a rally for National Voter Registration Day at the state Capitol in Phoenix on Sept. 20, 2022. The last day to register to vote in Arizona is Oct. 11.
    Alexia Faith/Cronkite NewsAdvocates hold a banner at a rally for National Voter Registration Day at the state Capitol in Phoenix on Sept. 20, 2022. The last day to register to vote in Arizona is Oct. 11.

The last day to register to vote in the Nov. 8 midterm election is three weeks away. Chicanos Por La Causa, Mi Familia Vota and other groups working to register voters capitalized on National Voter Registration Day to continue their push.

“We know that people are procrastinating,” Joseph Garcia, executive director of Chicanos Por La Causa Action Fund, said Tuesday at an event at the Arizona Capitol. The voter-registration deadline in Arizona is Oct. 11, and these groups are trying to spread their message: “Your vote, your voice.”

Garcia called registering to vote “a love letter to the people you love.”

“If you don’t do anything else today, you need to register to vote and make sure someone else is registered to vote,” he said. “That is a love letter in itself: to democracy, to our future, to our community, to our state, to our neighbors, to our co-workers, to our children, the list goes on. … Our democracy depends on participation, and it begins at the ballot box.”

Advocacy groups work year-round to register voters and motivate them to go to the polls, but on National Voter Registration Day, they focus on “voter education, registration and expand the (electorate) through citizenship workshops,” said Carolina Rodriguez-Greer, state director for Mi Familia Vota.

Other groups, including Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, the Phoenix Indian Center and Glendale Community College’s Student Leadership Center, held events around the Phoenix area.

“There’s so much riding on this election; we have a lot to win or lose in this election,” said Lydia Guzman, director of advocacy and civic engagement for Chicanos Por La Causa.

Arizona voters can register or update their voter information at servicearizona.com. As of the August primary, there were 4,156,067 registered voters in Arizona, according to the secretary of state.

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