Amid the pandemic and delays within the USPS, more Latinos are planning to cast their vote early.
Latinos are ready to vote! There’s no doubt that Americans understand the urgency of voting in the 2020 presidential election. The long lines of early voters last week in states such as Minnesota, Virginia, South Dakota, and Wyoming are an indication that people are eager to vote.
A survey conducted by NBC News, Wall Street Journal, and Telemundo, shows that 54% of Latinos are planning to vote early. Of that group, 31% will vote by mail, and 23% plan to vote early in person, while 40% said they plan to vote on Election Day.
One of the main reasons people are planning to vote early is the coronavirus pandemic. However, with reports that there are delays in the United States Postal Service, people also want to make sure their vote is counted.
Actress Noemi González said in an interview with The Americano that she is planning to submit a mail-in ballot because it’s a “critical election” for her and because of delays in the USPS.
“I am voting early, and I am making sure it is given to the right hands to deliver it, and in the right polling box, and county system because I need to make sure that my vote is accounted for,” González said.
Registration figures show that more Latinos are enthusiastic about voting in 2020. Voto Latino, the largest Latino registration organization in the country, has registered 307,161 voters for the 2020 election cycle, bringing the organization’s total registrations to over 800,000 voters.
“All the years of organizing, walking precincts, talking with and listening to Latino voters have led to a critical and historic moment when immigrants are mobilizing and are ready to cast their vote, exercising their long-held power,” Angelica Salas, CHIRLA Action Fund Executive Director said in a statement.
Salas added that the Latino community, particularly in California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin, are more prepared to vote in the 2020 presidential election.
The importance of voting in this election isn’t new for Latinos: a poll conducted before COVID-19 struck the US shows that 87% of Latino Democrats said it really matters who wins the White House.