SVREP in valley to register Latinos
CARBONDALE – Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, a non-partisan/nonprofit organization, will be registering all eligible voters in the Roaring Fork Valley until Oct. 4, the cutoff date for registering for the election.Bilingual volunteers are needed to work the registration tables at area City Market locations from New Castle to El Jebel:• New Castle, Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4-7 p.m.• Rifle, weekdays, 4-7 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. • Glenwood Springs, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-6:30 p.m. • Carbondale, Saturdays, Monday and Fridays, 1-7 p.m., and • El Jebel, Saturdays, Mondays and Fridays, 1-7 p.m.And, at the Wal-Mart in Glenwood Springs on Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.”We are hoping to register as many eligible voters, especially Latinos, in the Roaring Fork Valley before the deadline of Oct. 4,” said Gladys Martinez Augello, local organizer. “I encourage any Latino who, for whatever reason, does not qualify to vote this election, to pass the above information along to a friend or friends who are eligible.”Augello also wants to remind registered voters who haven’t voted for a year or two to check their registration status or re-register, especially if they’ve moved.”SVREP is working to increase the Latino voter registration and turn-out for the upcoming elections to 10 million Latino registered voters, and 7.5 million Latino votes cast on November 2, 2004,” according to the Web site, http://www.svrep.com.By comparison, in 2000, 7.5 million Latinos were registered to vote, and 5.3 million Latinos cast their vote. The group’s current effort, the 10-4 Campaign, hopes to register 10 million Latinos in 2004.SVREP is committed solely to the political empowerment of Latino communities through voter registration, voter education and voter participation. SVREP was established in 1974 by the late Willie Velásquez to encourage civic and political participation in Latino and other under-represented communities. Since its inception, SVREP has registered over 2.2 million Latino voters throughout the southwest and Florida. SVREP has offices in San Antonio, Texas; Los Angeles, Calif.; Miami, Fla.; and Phoenix, Ariz. Visit http://www.svrep.org for more information.For more information or to volunteer for the local SVREP Latino registration initiative, please call Gladys Martinez Augello, 379-7574. For more information or to volunteer for the local SVREP Latino registration initiative, please call Gladys Martinez Augello, 379-7574.
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