For Immediate Release
October 19, 2010

Contact: Patricia Guadalupe (202) 546-2536
Cell (202) 509-6316
pguadalupe@naleo.org


NALEO DENOUNCES ATTEMPT TO SILENCE LATINO VOTE

LOS ANGELES, CA – The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) issued the following statement regarding an effort to discourage Latinos from voting in the upcoming midterm elections November 2nd:

“The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) denounces as ‘unforgivable’ an effort by the group Latinos for Reform that calls for Latino voters to stay home on Election Day as part of a ‘message’ to elected officials.

It is the height of cynicism to encourage voters to make themselves irrelevant by not exercising their right to be heard. This harkens back to attempts earlier this year at having Latinos boycott the U.S. Census.

That fell on deaf ears and we are encouraged this latest misguided undertaking will too.

NALEO applauds the Univision network and Entravision Communication Corporation for declining to air the group’s ad.”


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The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials is the leadership organization of the nation's more than 6,000 Latino elected and appointed officials.