Elections Officials Reach Out To Latino Community

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, February 9, 2006

Friday's meeting will be at the county elections office. Brad Buyse, Sacramento County’s elections campaign services manager, says they’ve definitely seen a rise in the number of Latinos registered to vote.

"We saw 19% of all California voters registered in 2005 as the Latino population in the state of California compared to 10% in 1990."

But Senator Ortiz says 19% is still too low.

"That only reflects those Latinos that vote fairly consistently, so it’s really a very small subgroup of the overall population."

She says the task force will have to come up with ways to promote the importance of voting to the Spanish-speaking community.

"You have to make voting relevant to their lives."

By creating the task force, the county is meeting language assistance provisions in the Federal Voting Rights Act.