Media Advisory

UnidosUS Hosts Panel Discussion and Phone Bank Effort in El Paso and Harlingen, Texas Aimed at Boosting Latino Voter Turnout

Group registered nearly 10,000 new Latino voters in Texas this cycle and now seeks to mobilize them

October 26, 2018

TEXAS—On Tuesday, October 30, UnidosUS will be joined by local Affiliate groups, partner organizations, community leaders and members of the public in El Paso and Harlingen, Texas to host two interactive panel discussions on the Texas Latino vote and Latino priorities for the upcoming midterm elections. Latinos represent 5.4 million of Texas registered voters and turnout could swing key elections across the state. The youth vote could play a key role, as estimates show by 2022, young Latinos will represent half of the state’s ethnic population, and most will be eligible to vote.

Panelists will explore issues related to voter registration efforts, key priority issues for Latino voters, voter enthusiasm and GOTV efforts aimed at engaging potential voters. Following the panel discussion, dozens of volunteers will participate in an afternoon of phone banking, reaching out to local registered Latinos to get them to participate in early voting or make a plan to vote on November 6. Press are welcome to attend and should RSVP to Camila Gallardo at or (305) 215-4259.

El Paso Event 

Who:Manuel Grajeda, UnidosUS
Dr. Sylvia Acosta, YWCA El Paso Del Norte
Dr. Jose Villalobos, UTEP Professor
Ana Paulina Saenz, first-time voter
When:Tuesday, October 30, from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. MT
What:Latino vote panel discussion and phone bank effort 
Where: Project Amistad 3210 Dyer St, El Paso, TX 79930

Harlingen Event

Who:Janet Hernández, Senior Civic Engagement Manager, UnidosUS
Elsa Gonzalez, Executive Director, Proyecto Vida Digna
Ofelia Alonso, Regional Field Coordinator, Texas Freedom Network
Javier Araiza, Su Clínica Familiar
Newly registered voter – Fernando Alonso Jr.
Newly registered voter - Iris Juarez
When:Tuesday, October 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. CT
What:Latino vote panel discussion and phone bank effort 
Where: San Benito Economic Development Corporation
701 N. Bowie Street
San Benito, TX 78586

UnidosUS midterm election efforts under the Power of 18 campaign included community voter registration canvassing program, the organization’s High School Democracy Project, Latino Empowerment and Advocacy Project (LEAP) and online digital platforms like the Power of 18 website or the Become a Voter tool aimed at engaging young voters.

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.