Voter registration is a critical step to making sure our voter rolls reflect the diversity of our communities. Although the 2008 electorate reflected an unprecedented level of diversity, the final voter turnout showed a lack of civic engagement from specific ethnic groups, namely the Latina/o community. In 2008, 19.5 million Latinos were eligible to vote, but half did not cast ballots, because they were not registered or did not turn out to vote.
Honoring UC Berkeley’s commitment to civic engagement, the ASUC’s elected officials initiated collaborative efforts to register voters on campus and across California. The Office of Senator Daley Vertiz led the dialogue about the Latina/o community’s role in the larger conversation of voter turnout. Working together with the ASUC External Affairs Vice President’s Office and CalPIRG, Senator Vertiz organized efforts to engage the Latina/o community on campus and the Bay Area in the 2012 election.
This year marked the establishment of Berkeley’s first RAZA Voto Latino Coalition dedicated to mobilizing, registering, and educating the Latina/o community about key legislation, including Propositions 30, 32, 34, and 36. The coalition was composed of Lambda Theta Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc.; Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.; Sigma Pi Alpha Sorority, Inc.; RAZA community members; and the Office of ASUC RAZA Senator Daley Vertiz.
Voto Latino 2012 Accomplishments:
- Registered over 500 students and community members
- Tabled over 50 hours on Xicana/o corner on Sproul
- Along with Senator Lieu, the Office of Senator Daley Vertiz organized the first ever National Voter Registration Day Rally at UC Berkeley on September 25
- Community Registration Day at MacArthur BART to inform community members about the voter registration deadline
- Educated the community through distributing resources informing them about voting day logistics and propositions.
- Facilitated Proposition debate for RAZA Center interns
- Organized Presidential Debate Viewing Party at a RAZA General Body Meeting
This couldn’t have been possible without community support! Thanks for the support RAZA!