"Tu voto si cuenta." It's a simple message the state is using to reach out to Latino voters as we approach election day - "your vote does count."
The message is paying off, state officials said Wednesday. Since the campaign kicked off in June, more than 21,000 Latinos have registered to vote. That's more than double the goal for the year of getting 10,000 people registered.
The initiative was successful because of many volunteers working for months, knocking on doors and organizing community events to bring people out to register, Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz said.
The campaign was run by Bysiewicz's office, in conjunction with The Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission. They established volunteer committees in Bridgeport, Danbury, Hartford, Meriden, New Britain, New Haven, New London, Wallingford, Waterbury and Willimantic.
Theses cities have the highest new Latino registrations:
- Bridgeport - 2,967
- Hartford - 2,126
- Waterbury - 1,794
- New Haven - 1,373
- New Britain - 1,279
- Stamford - 765
- East Hartford - 699
- Norwalk - 599
- Meriden - 518
- Danbury - 516
- Stratford - 493
- Manchester - 486
More than 300 new Latino voters also registered in communities such as West Haven, West Hartford, Norwich, New London, Hamden and Bristol, according to the secretary of the state.
The latest campaign brings the number of registered Latino voters in Connecticut to more than 125,000. Bysiewicz's office says that's still only about half of the eligible Latino voters in the state.