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LULAC creates 24/7 national hotline to report voter suppression against Latinos

To combat rising trends of Latino voter suppression, LULAC has created a hotline to allow voters to report threatening behavior.

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The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) has opened a national hotline for Latino voters to help combat the trend of voter intimidation at polling sites.

The number is (833) MY LULAC or (833) 695-8522, and is open 24/7.

Cases of voter suppression include self proclaimed “poll watchers,” some of whom are armed with semi-automatic rifles, wear bullet-proof vests, and wear SWAT-styled masks to disguise themselves.

LULAC President Domingo García made a statement about voter suppression:

"Es una vergüenza, it's a shame how low some people will go to try and keep Latinos from voting. The LULAC National Hotline to Stop Latino Intimidation is just one of the actions we're taking to make sure our lawful voters are not turned away, either by fear or an even more subtle form of intimidation, by misinformation,” García said.

“Things like absentee ballots not arriving or having the wrong things on them, like a misspelled name, are not always innocent mistakes. Then there are the divisive political flyers, armed men at polling locations, and political hacks going door-to-door trying to intimidate Latino voters,” he continued.

LULAC is the nation’s oldest and largest national Hispanic civil rights organization. It seeks to empower Hispanic Americans and build strong Latino communities.

“We are looking very closely at Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, and Texas, among other states, for tactics like sending Latino voters information about where to vote, except the polling places are closed or have been moved,” García added. 

In these states, Latinos are the fastest growing group among the population, making the Latino vote a growing force in these state’s elections.

“LULAC wants election officials to know we are watching them too and will challenge them, in court, if necessary, to ensure that our right to vote, as guaranteed by the Constitution, is a reality, not an empty promise,” said García.

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