CASA, City of York and Secretary of State Pedro Cortés Launch Voter Registration Initiative to Expand Opportunities

Posted August 2, 2016 /

YORK, PA._ CASA, City of York and state officials will launch a voter registration initiative at noon Wednesday to expand voting opportunities to all Pennsylvania residents and welcome minority groups who have previously not voted with the same frequency as other groups.

“Our goal is to ensure that all eligible citizens have a meaningful opportunity to participate fully in our system of democracy,” Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés said. “When minority voters make their voices heard at the polling place, the decision-makers pay increased attention to the dreams and aspirations of diverse communities.”

There are approximately 2 million eligible Pennsylvanians who are not registered to vote, according to U.S. Census and Department of State (DOS) statistics.

“People of Color will make a tremendous difference in Pennsylvania’s elections this year,” said CASA’s Executive Director Gustavo Torres. “Our goal is to speak with tens of thousands of voters just in this region to help them understand just how much their voices matter.”

Minorities make up a large part of Pennsylvania residents but they don’t vote with the same frequency. As part of voter registration efforts, CASA has been registering voters at festivals and community events and going door-to-door in search of eligible voters.

“We’ve seen a real interest from Latino and other minorities who’ve never even considered voting before,” said CASA’s Regional Director Elizabeth Alex. “That is why these efforts in rural areas and small cities like York and Lancaster are so important.”

To make registering easier, CASA has an easy voter registration form through this link at our CASA website.

The Pennsylvania Department of State has also launched a voter education initiative called Everyone VotesPA aimed at increasing participation in the electoral process. As part of this initiative the state has created a voter education toolkit, which includes a 2016 Voter Guide and “Top 5 Things Every Pennsylvania Voter Should Know for the 2016 Elections.”

The toolkit can be found at Everyone.votesPA.com.

York City Mayor Kim Bracey is also expected to attend the press conference.

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO CONFIRM ATTENDANCE CALL FERNANDA DURAND 240.706.2624 OR ERIKA HERNANDEZ 301.717.4492.