The only achievement that trumps registering to vote as the ultimate expression of our right as an American is the actual physical act of voting itself. Many a good man and women have paid the ultimate price to protect that right. But if you’re not a native speaker of English, and are intimidated or confused […]
Many a good man and women have paid the ultimate price to protect that right.
But if you’re not a native speaker of English, and are intimidated or confused by the registration process, you might miss an opportunity to be heard and have your voice counted in this great country.
So it’s important to know that thanks to the efforts of KTLM, the NBCU’s Telemundo-owned station for the Rio Grande Valley, and The Texas Advocacy Alliance Center of Texas, 50 people registered to vote this past Sunday in Brownsville.
“Being able to go out in the community in this grass-roots effort and speak their language is so important in getting people registered to vote,” said Sylvia Garza-Gomez, county clerk for Cameron County.
That may not sound like a lot of people, but I can’t think of any bigger accomplishment that a TV station could make on a Sunday.
Brownsville sits at the southern-most tip of Texas, on the northern bank of the Rio Grande, directly across the border from Mexico. And it has one of the highest poverty rates in the country.
On Sunday, KTLM held its first local #YODECIDO voter registration drive, in partnership with AACT NOW: The Texas Advocacy Alliance Center of Texas, to help raise awareness among its viewers about the importance of civic participation and to help increase the number of Hispanics who register to vote.
KTLM joins its fellow Telemundo stations across the country by hosting local voter registration efforts, in partnership with local community-based nonprofit organizations, to help inform, empower and engage Hispanic voters in 2016.