By Janet Hernandez, Senior Civic Engagement Project Manager
“Voting is a family thing,” said Jessica Rodriguez, Education Outreach Manager with NCLR. “My family came to the United States in 1988 because they were looking for a better life, as many immigrants do, and so we found ourselves in an unknown world in Miami, Florida.” Now, 26 years later, Jessica’s family lives in different places across the United States, including Washington, DC, Florida, and Illinois.
When NCLR launched the Latinos Vote app, Jessica quickly shared it with her family via group phone chat. “My whole family was discussing the importance of the vote and getting registered to vote for the presidential election. Our vote counts and we have to be ready to elect people who will represent our issues,” she said.
During a WhatsApp group chat with family members in Miami, Chicago, and Washington, DC, Jessica asked, “Familia, are you registered to vote? It’s your right.”
Her sister replied, “Es muy importante que votemos.”