Three million young Latinos have turned 18 since 2014, which is why these elections have a greater number of young latinos eligible to vote.
The Colombian, activist and politician Jaime Garzón, before his assassination, declared: “If you young people do not assume the leadership of your own country, no one is going to come to save it”.
This is precisely the reality that young Latinos who are going to vote for the first time or those who have already had the opportunity to do it here in Wisconsin.
Arianna Viscarra is an American who was born 23 years ago in Madison, the closest contact she has had with Latino traditions and life is her father and her Bolivian family. However, she knows the importance of the vote and the importance of these elections for the country and the world. She said she is concerned about violence against Latinos and African Americans, as well as defending the environment.
Likewise, Viscarra indicated that “it is important for people to understand that we will not be young forever, that the decisions made today will reflect the future that our parents, grandparents and ourselves receive.”
Arianna assured La Comunidad News that for some time now she has felt the need and intention to learn much more about her roots, her culture and her Latino culture. This is an excellent example for all those who have had the privilege of being born in this developed country, to discover how lucky they are to have the best of both worlds: knowing that Latin blood runs through their veins while having the freedom and opportunities that the United States provides.
Karina Araujo, a 20-year-old girl also spoke with La Comunidad News and indicated that deciding who to vote for is not easy, however, she urged Latinos and the entire community to exercise their right with wisdom, intelligence and knowledge to help transform politics and take a better course for all.
Democrats and Republicans seek to persuade and say what many want to hear. However, the task is young people and adults must know the needs, the current reality of the Latino community, the problems of discrimination, the lack of access to health, the precarious opportunities of access to medical insurance and other problems that could be solved, by articulating efforts and making accurate decisions when voting.
The Wisconsin League of Women Voters encourages voters to learn accurate information about elections and candidates and encourages active citizen participation.
You can go to www.vote411.org/es and see this Call to Action, a simple guide that will allow you to learn more about the elections.
Whoever handles the helm of the White House defines the direction of the United States of America. Arianna and Karina’s vote, it’s also the voice of those who demand changes and cannot participate democratically, do not miss this great opportunity.
If you have questions and don’t know where to start, La Comunidad News gives you a step-by-step guide of what you should do to start your voting process:
- The first thing to do is find out if you are registered to vote at your current address here: https://myvote.wi.gov/es-ES/RegisterToVote
- Make sure you have a photo ID to vote here: https://bringit.wi.gov/informaci%C3%B3n-en-espa%C3%B1ol
- It is important that you know who is the candidate that represents you and who you want to reach the White House, for this you can find information here: https://my.lwv.org/wisconsin
- Get to know an example of what your ballot will be, in this way you will get an idea of what you will find on November 3 and you will not improvise https://myvote.wi.gov/es-es/PreviewMyBallot
- Identify your polling place https://myvote.wi.gov/es-es/FindMyPollingPlace
- If you prefer to take security measures, you want to vote from the comfort of your home and by email, learn what to do, here https://elections.wi.gov/publications/brochures/absentee-voting