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Here’s Why These Activists Are Urging You To Use Your Voice And Vote Today

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Familia, it’s all going down today. If you’re reading this, there’s still time for you to get out and vote for the 2018 midterm. Vote for people who align with your beliefs and values because voting is a fundamental right. Vote for innovators who want to make college affordable to all Americans. Vote for people who see people and not “bad hombres.”

Voting in the midterm elections today is more important than ever, and these Latino bosses want you to help.

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Just a couple days ago, America Ferrera, Eva Longoria, Gina Rodriguez, Rosario Dawson and Zoe Saldana brought their star power to Florida to support Andrew Gillium, the current Tallahassee Mayor, for governor.

Overall, they were there for Latinos. According to Billboard, Eva Longoria came right out with it and said, “Latinos are under attack. We have the power to end Trump’s agenda against the Latino community.”

America Ferrera

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Caption: “Ok, Ladies (& gentlemen), now let’s get in formation! 👯‍♀️👯‍♀️👯‍♂️Tomorrow is Election Day! Grab your friends and vote!!!! Find your voting location at Vote.org”

Eva Longoria

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Caption: “Calling all my fellow Texans! Tomorrow is the last day to register to vote! Make a difference this November: Get out there and VOTE y’all! 🗳”

Zoe Saldana

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Caption: “We ALL have at least one reason to vote on November 6. As a Latina, I know I have to vote.I’m voting because my vote is my voice.”

Gina Rodriguez

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At the rally, Rodriguez tore up the dance floor. She also got real, as seen in her Instagram videos, saying, “I get it feels scary. I get it. It feels scary. I get it. It feels like a lot. Just know that when you vote, you snatch all of that fear.”

Rosario Dawson

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Caption: “So grateful to all the folks canvassing, phonebanking, galvanizing the #vote! We need you. Without you democracy can not be realized. Thank you to each and every one of you for individually choosing to give face to the movement of hope and change. For creating community with civility, grace, passion and love. I am only one vote, but together we are many…!”

Jennifer Lopez

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Caption: “They think young people don’t vote, latinos don’t vote, women dont vote, PROVE THEM WRONG!!! This election affects us ALL. VOTE. It’s so important that ALL of our voices are heard, not just a few… we live in a beautiful country where we all have a say!!! I urge all of you PLEASE get out there and vote, there are so many issues at stake these elections!! And they affect us all in our daily lives in some way! If you are frustrated by what you been seeing and hearing, you can change it!! You have the power!!! I HAVE A BUNCH OF VOTER INFO IN MY STORIES TO HELP YOU!! #GOVOTE#VOTA #ELECTIONEVE #VOTETUESDAY”

Camila Cabello

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Caption: “JUST VOTED IN MY STATE OF FLORIDA!!!!!!!! ELECTION DAY IS NOVEMBER 6 AND EARLY VOTING GOES TO NOVEMBER 4. GO TO VOTE.ORG TO FIND YOUR NEAREST POLLING PLACE, THIS WEBSITE’S INFORMATION IS SO CLEAR AND EASY TO UNDERSTAND. I AM SORRY FOR THE CAPITALS, I JUST FEEL REALLY EXCITED THAT I JUST VOTED BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE IM TAKING MY FRUSTRATION AT THE INJUSTICES THAT HAPPEN IN OUR COUNTRY AND TURNING IT INTO ACTION!!! EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US CAN TURN THOSE FEELINGS INTO ACTION WHEN WE SHOW UP TO VOTE. ONE VOTE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. WE CAN CONTRIBUTE AND HELP WRITE THE STORY OF OUR COUNTRY JUST BY TAKING A FEW MINUTES OUT OF OUR DAY TO VOTE!!! ALSO ITS MY GRANDMAS FIRST TIME VOTING IN THE UNITED STATES AND SHE DID HER RESEARCH AND PREPARED HERSELF AND WE ARE ALL FEELING SO GOOD !!! LETS. GOOOO. LETS VOTE! ➡️➡️➡️➡️➡️➡️➡️VOTE.ORG.”

Camila Mendes

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Caption: “i registered to vote while in canada shooting season 1 of riverdale — and as an overseas voter, i had to vote by snail mail — and i hate snail mail. @toryburch created a limited edition VOTE t-shirt, and 100% of the proceeds will benefit Yara Shahidi’s @eighteenx18initiative to engage the next generation of voters. get your t-shirt and support the cause, but more importantly, REGISTER TO VOTE! #ownyourvote”

Justina Machado

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Justina Machado got tagged by a friend to record a short video telling the world why she voted. This is what she said:

“I’m voting because it’s my right. I’m voting because I care about this country. I’m voting because I care about you and I care about me. I’m voting because I care about decency. I care about the American dream andI still believe in the American dream. That’s why I’m voting.”

Oh, and then she tagged her TV daughter, Isabella Gomez to share her #whyivote story.

Isabella Gomez

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In her Instagram video, Isabella told her world, “I was challenged by my mami, Justina Machado, to tell you why I vote. I voted because when I moved to this country I was told it was the greatest country in the world. For a long time it felt that way and I believe it still can. I also voted because I know if we all vote, it will make a difference in our everyday lives and because its my responsibility as a citizen.”

Rita Moreno

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The living legend is not the most active social media user, and still, la abuelita to all of us took the time to share what it’s like to be Puerto Rican and forgotten by the American government.

It only takes one word to respond to todos los pendejos in charge: Vote.

George Lopez

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Caption: “To everyone who early voted #thankyou To those volunteers who have dedicated their time to a candidate #inappreciation Nov 6th is just a few days away be #chingon #chingonas And remember whatever you do DONT THROW ROCKS 🤘🏾 thank you @miss_jalexander#loveyouVote and lets help the living #votolatino #vote lets stop dwelling in the past ( the future 👏🏾👏🏾 smell your Grandmother’s hair ribbons in 6 days @betoorourke #voteforbeto”

Lin-Manuel Miranda

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Meanwhile, in 2016, we all skipped to the polls. We mean business this year, and Lin-Manuel Miranda has been active registering people to vote.

Gloria Estefan

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Well, actually, her grandson. Estefan posted a video of esto muñeco lindo telling the world that he wants everyone to vote because, “If [he] was 18, he would vote.”

It’s one of the perks of being an adult. Use it.

Jessica Alba

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Caption: “#VOTE for my kids and the world I want to raise them in that values equality, common sense, fairness and kindness. Why do you Vote? #midterms#whenweallvote #iamavoter”

Cyn Santana

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“Love & Hip Hop” star Cyn Santana has a strong, but clear message for all of us. She ain’t playin. Neither are we.

Selenis Leyva

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When you play a prisoner in a private, corrupt prison system on television, it changes you. Or maybe you’re just born Latina and you’re pissed off at the world right now and that’s enough.

Dascha Polanco

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Caption: “Vote vote. VOTE. This is no time to be complacent. If you’re mad, if you’re frustrated, we need you on Nov. 6. YOU are powerful. November is coming — it’s time to send our elected officials packing. #NoJusticeNoSeat #TakeitBack”

Jenna Ortega

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Even baby 16 year old Jenna Ortega, the younger throwback version of Jane Villanueva, is telling everyone to vote.

It doesn’t take long and you can reference voter guides offered by some of your favorite advocacy rights organizations (i.e. The Human Rights Campaign, Voto Latino, Progressive Voter Guides, y más). No matter who you vote for, the most important thing is that you’re out there doing it.


READ: Republicans Have Made Voting In This Majority Latino Town In Kansas Nearly Impossible

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How Latinos Made History Across The Country During The Midterm Elections

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How Latinos Made History Across The Country During The Midterm Elections

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On Tuesday, millions of Americans cast their ballot making their voices heard at the polling booth in what was one of the most divisive midterms in recent memory. For Latinos, issues like healthcare and education were some of the biggest issues and it showed. Early numbers show that Latinos came out in droves. Barriers were also broken on Tuesday as voters elected Latinos into office at record numbers in historically Republican districts. From the first Democratic Latina being elected governor in the U.S. to the youngest woman elected ever to Congress, Latinos made history across the country.

While the actual numbers of Latino votes won’t be out till all are counted, voter engagement was higher than the 2014 midterms and reached that of a presidential election.

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The final numbers from the 2018 election won’t be available for a few months, but absentee and early voting tallies show that Latinos voted in record numbers. There was an almost 120 percent increase in absentee and early ballots cast by Latinos compared with back in 2014.

“The net wave of the Democratic pickup is due entirely to strong support from minority communities who voted for Democrats.” Matt Barreto, a Latino Decisions pollster, said in a conference call. In an election eve survey by Latino Decisions, 73 percent of Latinos said they voted for a Democratic candidate. That could have been a huge reason behind Democrats taking back the House of Representatives by a tally of 222-196.

Latino voters made their voices heard in three key states; Florida, Texas and California. While Latinos couldn’t deliver wins to Democrats Beto O’Rourke of Texas and Andrew Gillum of Florida, they came out to support in huge numbers.

In Texas, Latinos requested 365 percent more early and absentee ballots than in 2014 and Florida saw a 129 percent increase. Those campaign losses were’t due to lack of Latino vote rather due to voter suppression and a higher Republican turnout this year. This shows how powerful the Latino vote can be when engaged and candidates focus on issues that they care about. While Texas and Florida were one of the bigger high profile races, many Latinas succeeded in other races across the country making history along the way.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman elected to Congress.

In what was a landmark victory for women and Latinas, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated Anthony Pappas to become the youngest woman elected to congress at 29 years old. Cortez gained momentum for her progressive politics, including Medicare for all, tuition-free college, and the ending of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). She will now be the one of the faces for the progressive side of the Democratic party as young voters have energized the base.

Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia have become the first Latina women elected to Congress in Texas.

While the state of Texas didn’t elect Beto O’Rourke, they did vote in the first Latinas from Texas to go to congress. Veronica Escobar will represent the 16th congressional district, taking the place of Beto O’Rourke. Sylvia Garcia will represent Texas’ 29th congressional district, which includes Houston and Pasadena.

Eleven of Texas’ 36 seats in the House of Representatives are occupied by Democrats. Of those 11 Democrats, two seats — soon to be four, with the addition of Escobar and Garcia — are occupied by women. Both women ran on platforms that included immigration policy reform and expanding affordable health care.

Michelle Luján Grisham was elected governor of New Mexico becoming the first Democratic Latina governor in the country.

History was made as New Mexico voters elected the first Democratic Latina governor in the U.S. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who made a name for herself as one of President Donald Trumps’s strongest critics on immigration, beat Republican Rep. Steve Pearce. The historic win flips New Mexico from red to blue for the first time since 2002. Grisham will replace Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, who also made history when she became the first Latina governor elected in the U.S. back in 2010.

Catalina Cruz becomes first former ‘Dreamer’ elected to New York state Assembly.

Democrat Catalina Cruz will be the first “Dreamer” to hold office in New York. The Colombian-born “Dreamer” was raised in Queens after she came to the U.S. with her mother to escape the country and grew up undocumented.  Cruz will be the third “Dreamer” to serve in an elected office in the country. She plans to focus on affordable housing, immigrant rights and small businesses in her district.

The 2018 midterms showed how powerful the Latino vote could be and is a reminder of what is to come in 2020.

Janet Hernandez, Senior Project Manager at UnidosUS, says that this election showed how important the Latino vote is in key races across the country. “There was extremeness numbers in Texas that saw a 100 percent increase in multiple counties by Latinos and huge jumps in voter registration in Florida,” Hernandez said. “It’s very clear that Latinos rejected Donald Trump’s policy of hate and they elected Latino officials along the way.”

She says that her organization helped register new voters at numbers that matched presidential elections as a little over 81,000 Latino voters registered for the 2018 election. Of the 48,000 Latino voters that registered in Florida by UnidosUS, 52 percent are woman. Hernandez pointed out that 80 percent of Latinas are leading community campaigns in her organization and that was reflected in the midterm results. She says that one of the most encouraging things that came out the midterms was the rise in not only women running for office but Latinas that actually won races.

“We’ve been seeing Latinas elected to office at rates never seen before and that just shows that they’re not waiting for someone to lead them but they’re the ones knocking on doors and breaking barriers,” Hernandez said. “Latinos across the country are making their voices heard and if 2020 is anything like 2018, we expect to see even more Latinos leading the charge.”


READ: Latinos Are Expected To Make A Huge Impact During The 2018 Midterm Elections

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