10:20am

Fri September 7, 2012
Politics

Latino Voter Push Heads to Battleground Colorado

A group campaigning for increased Hispanic voting is hoping to see a post-convention bounce as they plan several voter registration drives in Colorado.

Todos a Votar, or "Let’s Vote," began a multi-state tour in California earlier this summer, and will visit several Colorado cities this week.

Several organizations are involved in the get-out-the-vote campaign, including one of the country’s largest unions, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

"The future of our families and our community is at stake. If we vote, we can make a difference." -Eliseo Medina, SEIU

Eliseo Medina, SEIU’s International Secretary Treasurer, says this election is an important one.

"We have to turn out and vote," he says. "The future of our families and our community is at stake. If we vote, we can make a difference. Everybody has to come out and express their opinion and to make sure their voices are heard."

The campaign's goal is to register 650,000 new Latino voters, and mobilize a record 12 million to vote Nov. 6. Voter registration drives are planned in Pueblo and Denver Friday.

The campaigns of both President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney are making significant outreach efforts to Latino voters this year.