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Representative Lina Ortega and partners aim to increase voter turnout  print page

by: Rep. Ortega, Evelina "Lina"
08/30/2018

EL PASO, Texas – The Office of State Representative Lina Ortega, District 77, is teaming up with the YWCA El Paso del Norte Region and other local nonprofits to increase El Paso's voter turnout for the upcoming general midterm election and beyond. Through this nonpartisan initiative, the organizations will host several events leading up to Election Day, Nov. 6.

The goal: register 1,000 new El Paso voters by Oct. 9, the Texas voter registration deadline.

Rep. Ortega is calling on the community to "Activate El Paso" through several events organized by the Representative's office. "Activate El Paso" is one of many local initiatives that aim to increase voter turnout and civic engagement.

On Saturday, Sept. 8 at 10 a.m., Rep. Ortega and the El Paso County Elections Department will host a free deputy registrar training at the El Paso Community Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon. The training will enable volunteer deputy registrars to register new voters in their neighborhoods, places of work, social hangouts and popular local events. Volunteers can also join Rep. Ortega as she visits neighborhoods to register voters in areas where turnout is low. A total of four neighborhood block walks will take place at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12 and 26, and at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 and Oct. 6.

As part of its Student Voter Initiative, the YWCA will team up with the county elections department and the League of Women Voters of El Paso to host a free deputy registrar training at the YWCA Joyce W. Jaynes Branch, 1600 Brown, at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12. Volunteers will receive training on how to encourage high school seniors and college students to vote.

These initiatives¬ aim to increase the county's voter turnout, which historically decreases during midterm and special elections. During the 2014 midterm election, for example, only 20.41 percent of El Paso registered voters showed up to the polls. Thus, the effort to increase the number of voters doesn't end at registration. Educational outreach is equally important, Rep. Ortega said.

"Our goal to increase voter turnout goes beyond elections," Rep. Ortega said. "We want to remind El Pasoans that elected officials serve the community. Community members have power not only in their vote, but in making their voices heard as well."

Looking at creative ways to engage the youth, the YWCA will also partner with the Inside Out Project, an international touring art group that invites communities to participate in large-scale public art installations. On Saturday, Sept. 29, Inside Out will take visitors' photos and paste them on the walls of the YWCA Dorothy Woodley Hunt Branch while volunteers register new voters. The same event will take place at an additional location, to be announced, on Sunday, Sept. 30.

In addition to hosting events, the Office of Rep. Ortega and the YWCA will provide deputy registrars with a list of venues and events where volunteers can help get out the vote. For more information on the YWCA's voter initiatives, email p.galindo@ywcaelpaso.org.

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