For immediate distribution: November 9, 2022
YORK, PA. – As millions of Americans await the final results of the 2022 midterm elections, CASA will rally this Friday to ensure that every vote is counted.
What: Voter Protection Rally During Board of Elections Vote Verification
Where: York, PA
When: Friday, November 11, at 2:00pm
Who: First time voters and CASA leaders
Background: Friday’s rally is the pinnacle of two years of work that resulted in a surge of Latino voter turnout this election.
In August of 2021, CASA launched one of the deepest grassroots efforts in South Central PA history to ensure that the redistricting process would produce majority people of color districts. CASA members produced hundreds of community maps in Lancaster and York as an alternative to the commission maps and testified at the redistricting commission hearings. Ultimately, the final maps that were adopted reflected important changes based on our input. This deep work in local communities set the stage for ongoing community engagement about the importance of political representation and voting, and led CASA to then focus on ensuring adequate access to the polls.
After surveying 4,790 voters CASA discovered that 770, almost half of whom were born and educated in Puerto Rico, encountered language barriers when attempting to vote because of a lack of Spanish-language educational materials and oral assistance at the point of voting. This led to a voter engagement program to ensure that voters had fair access to the ballot in the three counties, a push that included the filing of a historic language access lawsuit against York County settled just weeks before the election and resulting in Spanish/English bilingual ballot access across the county.
The fight in ensuring equitable access to voting rights continued in a robust nonpartisan election program to register voters, assist voters to vote-by-mail, and make their voting plan- reaching 37,724 voters through a variety of modalities, including through door-to-door outreach, calls, texts, and through radio and online ads that resulted in more than 5,703,500 impressions. CASA registered over 5,331 voters in Latino and Afro-Latino communities, in York, Lancaster and Harrisburg between July and October. In the push to vote-by-mail, more than 22,000 phone calls were made and more than 17,500 texts sent. In the “ballot chase” and “get out the vote” pushes, CASA executed a total of 18,005 calls and 29,485 texts. More than 2,000 election protection texts were delivered and more than 10,000 doors knocked for “get out the vote” with 15,000 pieces of literature with Spanish-language information on language access and voter ID at the polls.
With over 122,000 lifetime Latino, immigrant, and working-class members across 46 US states, CASA is the foremost immigrant organization in the mid-Atlantic region and a national leader in supporting immigrant families and ensuring that all individuals have the core support necessary for full participation in society. Now a national immigrant powerhouse, CASA creates change with its powerbuilding model blending human services, community organizing, and advocacy in order to serve the full spectrum of the needs, dreams, and aspirations of members. Visit us at www.wearecasa.org and follow us on Twitter at @CASAforall.