FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ARIZONA ADVOCACY NETWORK FOUNDATION LAUNCHES MUCH-NEEDED VOTER EDUCATION CAMPAIGN IN THE LATINO COMMUNITY
In-culture and in-language voter guide and videos provide valuable information on Arizona ballot propositions and voter ID requirements
Phoenix, AZ, October 1, 2012 – The Arizona Advocacy Network Foundation (AZAN Foundation) – a 501 (c)(3) non-profit that works for full civic participation, especially for underrepresented and marginalized constituencies – has developed a first-of-its-kind Spanish-language voter guide and for the first time, produced bilingual videos on Proposition 115 and Voter ID laws to help Latino voters make an informed decision during this year’s Presidential Election on November 6.
“Making sense of ballot measures is challenging,” said AZAN Foundation Executive Director Sam Wercinski. “That’s why we have teamed up with OneArizona.org to inform Latino voters of the nine statewide ballot measures so they can make an informed vote. These measures will have long-term consequences on Arizonans’ daily lives, our families and communities.”
Although Election Day is November 6, many voters will begin casting their ballots as early as October 11.
“The voter guide and video vignettes make it easy for families to sit around the dinner table and discuss the ballot propositions from the comfort of their own homes. Mamás, papás, abuelos, hijos – during this election cycle everyone will have the resources they need at their fingertips to make an informed decision,” said Francisco Heredia of Mi Familia Vota, a member organization of One Arizona. “Those who will be voting at the polls on November 6 can tuck the guide under their arm and use it as reference when they cast their ballot on measures that will affect their familias, Latinos and our diverse Arizona community.”
This first-of-its-kind, full-color edition of AZAN Foundation’s voter guide was produced in partnership with the One Arizona Table, the state’s leading C3 coalition. This non-partisan guide is in a culturally relevant and easy-to-understand format, presenting a summary of each ballot measure, the impact and who supports and opposes the measure. It also includes information about voting at the polls, required identification requirements and an educational panel on Arizona’s Clean Elections Act, our toughest anti-corruption law passed by voters in 1998.
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“We want to protect every vote in 2012. Every American citizen who is eligible to vote should be able to cast their ballot in confidence on Election Day. That’s why we are including a list of ID requirements at the polls in the guide and video we’ve released,” added Wercinski.
As a project of AZAN Foundation and One Arizona, the guide will be distributed through community and Latino organizations such as Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, Protecting Arizona’s Family Coalition (PAFCO Education Fund), Border Action Network, churches and local businesses. A comprehensive guide in English and Spanish is also available in PDF format atwww.AZAdvocacy.org.
AZAN Foundation produced a video vignette in English and Spanish on Arizona Voter ID laws called “Get Ready to Vote” and it’s affiliated 501(c)(4) organization, Arizona Advocacy Network, produced one on Proposition 115 – Judicial Selection, to reach Latino voters and secondary audiences such as members of the faith community, the news media, and community leaders. The videos can be seen at:
“Get Ready to Vote”
http://youtu.be/wIPIZdDdb_A - English
http://youtu.be/qKHiwcuQBTw - Spanish
http://youtu.be/3HCEME1okvg - English
http://youtu.be/F6yPd875204 - Spanish
The videos can also be accessed at www.AZadvocacy.org, Facebook and Twitter Pages.
“The Latino community understands your vote speaks for yourself, your children and your community. America’s future is determined by those who vote,” said Wercinski. “We encourage every eligible citizen to join your friends and family in voting on November 6, and make your voice be heard.”
The Arizona Advocacy Network and AZAN Foundation work for electoral justice, political rights and full civic participation to achieve government for the People. Our work includes: defending, strengthening and expanding Arizona's Clean Elections system; advocating for full, immediate disclosure of contributions including corporate and "independent expenditures;" promoting anti-corruption and conflict of interest laws including gift bans; educating on ballot measures; guarding voting rights, voter registration and election integrity, including through the use of litigation, and protecting and improving Arizona's ballot initiative and referendum processes.