LUPE’s San Juan union hall was full Thursday morning with 35 community leaders learning about voter engagement and making plans to raise the percentage of voters in their precincts by 10% in the November elections. The leaders, who will serve as precinct captains in the Equal Voice Network of the Rio Grande Valley’s get out the vote campaign, learned about non-partisan strategies for voter turnout, created a platform addressing community issues and made the commitment to educate their peers about the responsibility to vote.
“Having the privilege to vote is a responsibility. It is also needed to make the necessary changes to improve our communities,” said Ramona Casas, Vice President of ARISE.
Leaders received specialized trainings on election law and nonprofits, non-partisan electoral education, and how to organize a GOTV campaign in their precinct. The training was the second in Hidalgo County and the third since the campaign was launched in Cameron County last Thursday.
“We will take information about the candidates to the community, so they can see their choices and then encourage every eligible person to vote,” said Martha Sanchez, LUPE Organizing Coordinator.
The training also served as the Hidalgo County launch of the campaign, which will collaborate with the Mi Familia Vota campaign in Texas.