Una Voz Unida Trying To Push Voters To The Polls

by Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - It's a busy election year, but some local organizations are worried about voter turnout. Una Voz Unida is trying to get voters to the polls, especially the Hispanic population. A new Facebook program is trying to generate interest in residents.

"We have a very serious voter apathy problem. We need people to get out to the polls, we only had 21,000 plus people vote out of 60,000," Art Leal with Una Voz Unida, said.

That's why this year Una Voz Unida is trying to find every means to reach out to those individuals who don't vote. They have started a new Facebook campaign to get voters moving.

"One click, activism is an opportunity for Facebook users who wouldn't normally be able to get involved physically can actually get involved online," Leal said.

Basically what they have done is put all the resources at your fingertips through Facebook, people can register to vote and even e-mail their state or federal reps.

"Studies have shown that about 61 percent of Hispanics are actually using social media or are on social media right now. We think it's a good idea to reach out to the Hispanic community to get those individuals involved," Leal said.

On the new page, they will also try and educate many everyone about the different concerns about elections in the community.

"Presidential, general elections. There is a lot of straight ticket voting. We're concerned that there will be more straight ticket voting and they will skip the city elections and the turnout of the city elections will be worse than before," Leal said.

They are focusing on the Hispanic population but everyone is welcome to use the resources. For more information, you can visit the Facebook page Una Voz Unida.