September 19, 2021

California Recall Election: Latinos have the power to sway the recall, but will they?

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — In California there are 7.9 million Latinos registered to vote, giving them the power to sway this recall election.

Gov. Gavin Newsom is aware of the power of the Latino vote. Latinos performed a key function in getting him elected in 2018 when 64% of California’s Latinos voted for him.

But now issues are totally different, Latinos have been disproportionally impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and suffered losses throughout the shutdown. Some Latinos who traditionally voted Democrat shifted Republican throughout the presidential election.

“I wanted the Latino voices to be heard and for there to be a difference made,” stated California voter Orlando Valencia in Spanish.

We met a Latino voter who most popular not to be on digicam, but stated he was undecided.

Susana Rojas and the Latino Process Power workforce are working time beyond regulation to goal Latino voters hours earlier than the polls shut.

“We are still calling those people who were either undecided or didn’t pick up to make sure we do that last effort to get everybody to come out and vote,” stated Rojas.

Accessibility is vital.

We got here throughout a polling place inside a magnificence salon you may get a haircut and vote.

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The proprietor of Ana’s Hair Salon in San Francisco’s Mission District volunteered her enterprise to make it simpler for her group to vote.

Luz Pena: “Are you coming here to vote or to get a haircut? (vienes aqui a votar o a cortarte el pelo?)

“A votar! To vote!” said California voter Julia Navarrette.

On the other side of the salon Zella Herrera is waiting for clients to do both.

“Have any of your buyer voted and likewise gotten their hair completed? Si pero no todos (Sure, but not all people),” said Herrera.

Rojas says they are hoping their efforts boost Latinos turnout.

“If this recall have been to move we’d be one among the populations most affected by this recall,” stated Susana Rojas.