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Suppression Surges as Election Nears

Posted: Oct 29, 2012

 With a little more than a week before Election Day, grassroots campaigns are hoping to maximize voter participation among often disenfranchised communities. Cuéntame has launched a series of public service announcements targeted at some 50,000 new Latino voters in three swing states: Colorado, Nevada, and Florida. The PSAs, made in conjunction with 300 partner groups, are airing on major Spanish language television stations like Univision, MundoFox, and Azteca America.

But it’s not all good news. Our community journalists write in that schemes to confuse voters are coming to a head. Here are some of this week’s most important voting rights updates:

‘It Feels Like Sabotage’ for Nevada’s Early Voters

Kate Sedinger works with the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada—one of the groups that paired up with Cuéntame to create some of the PSAs we just told you about. Kate writes in that there are already problems with early voting for some people in Nevada:

Saturday was the first day of early voting in Nevada. PLAN had an early voting rally in Sun Valley, which is a community just north of Reno that has a high percentage of low income and Latino residents. Those residents are the reason why we chose that location for our rally. I’ve never waiting in line for more than a couple of minutes to early vote at the university or some of the shopping centers in higher income neighborhoods.

Read more here on Colorlines.

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