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July 10, 2008--Voter registration efforts are gearing up.  In recent weeks there has been a particular focus on the Latino vote.  NALEO projects that 9.2 million Latinos will vote in the November 2008 general election, and both candidates are putting in appearances at three major gatherings: NALEO 25th Annual Conference in Washington, DC on June 25-28; 79th Annual LULAC National Convention in Washington, DC on July 7-12; and 2008 NCLR Annual Conference in San Diego, CA on July 12-15.  (Above) Manuel Pérez and Josué Pernillo of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute at the LULAC Convention at the Washington Hilton. 
(Above) At the National Press Club, also on July 10, the We Are America Alliance (WAAA) launched an effort to register 500,000 new Latino, Asian and immigrant voters.  WAAA is a group of more than a dozen organization that traces back to the immigrant rights marches in 2006.  Executive director Holli Holliday speaks as Tram Nguyen of Tenants and Workers United and Arturo Vargas, executive director of NALEO, look on. 

Holliday said WAAA partners will focus 13 states, will target new citizens and youth, and will aim to make from four to seven contacts with each individual.  The group also plans to do considerable radio public service announcements. 

WAAA is Tides Foundation project ("fiscal sponsor") and receives funding from foundations including the Ford Foundation, Carnegie Foundation, the Open Society Institute and The Atlantic Philanthropies.

USHLI: Latino Vote
We Are America Alliance
other resources
Pew Hispanic Center fact sheets
Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project
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