Highlights from the 2016 NCLR Latino Voter Summit

This week, NCLR hosted the 2016 Latino Voter Summit in Washington, DC. Advocates and NCLR Affiliates from 25 states, DC, and Puerto Rico gathered at Gallaudet University to learn about how we can encourage and increase participation in the democratic process in Latino communities.

Below are some highlights from the summit.

The day began with a session for Latino youth to help them craft and tell compelling stories that will inspire others to vote.

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Advocates from across the country came for this week’s summit.


A photo posted by National Council of La Raza (@nclr) on Mar 9, 2016 at 12:26pm PST

This year, NCLR partnered with mitu to develop an app that would make voter registration easier than ever. The Latinos Vote app is available now in both iTunes and Google Play. Download it today to register yourself and your friends and family!

After a spirited morning session, it was time for lunch and to hear from other NCLR representatives about the issues our community is facing.

NCLR President and CEO, Janet Murguia, was also on hand to reiterate the importance of voting for our community.

Watch her give the speech at the NCLR Capital Awards, which was held the night prior to the Latino Voter Summit.

Throughout the summit, attendees were sharing with the world their excitement to vote.

Summit attendees were also treated to the vocal stylings of rising social media star, Matt Hunter.

Hunter, who recently turned 18, also registered to vote using the Latinos Vote app and encouraged others to do the same.

Some of the reasons we need to vote.

Summit attendees on why they vote.

The second half of the summit was dedicated to visits to Capitol Hill to talk to members of Congress and their staff about the issues affecting our community. It was kicked off with a press briefing on the results of a poll that was conducted at the summit the day before.

After the summit, the advocates who attended will head back to their communities, ready to register Latinos and get them to the polls. What are you doing to ensure your community votes?

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