AP: “Willie Velasquez isn't as well-known as other Latino activists like Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta and Rodolfo ‘Corky’ Gonzales. But according to a new VOCES/PBS documentary airing next week, he was a key figure in developing the Latino voting bloc years before it became the nation's largest minority group and before both parties actively sought Latino voters' support. Latino Public Broadcasting's ‘Willie Velasquez: Your Vote Is Your Voice’ aims to bring attention to the voting rights advocate who came from San Antonio's poor west side and ended up rubbing elbows with the likes of President Ronald Reagan and Sen. Ted Kennedy. He persuaded Republicans in the 1970s and '80s to reach out to Hispanics because of the growing Latino voter-registration numbers in swing districts.”
ABC News: “Just weeks before the Nov. 8 election, a federal appeals court has ruled that Ohio’s method of purging names of inactive voters from voter rolls is unconstitutional. Ohio, a battleground state in the presidential race, removed the names of tens of thousands of registered voters under what it calls its ‘supplemental process.’ Under this controversial method, voters were taken off the registration rolls after six years of not voting, regardless of whether they remained eligible to vote.”
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA (Tuesday, September 20, 2016) – Republican Secretary of State Connie Lawson and six county officials have been put on legal notice not to destroy government documents relating to ongoing voter-registration efforts.
In a letter from attorneys at Perkins Coie on behalf of Patriot Majority USA, Lawson and officials of Marion and Hendricks Counties have been legally notified that, based on Lawson’s “recent false, public statements by many of you about the Indiana Voter Registration Project’s activities, as well as what appears to be your partisan efforts to interfere with the Project’s lawful efforts to register voters in Indiana,” Patriot Majority is “considering all available legal actions in response,” and “remind[ing] you of your duties to ensure the maintenance and preservation of any and all materials related to the Indiana Voter Registration Project’s efforts to register voters, including but not limited to: (1) internal and external communications about the same; (2) the initiation of and reported investigation of the Indiana Voter Registration Project; and (3) the processing of the voter registration forms submitted by the Indiana Voter Registration Project, including specifically, whether, as a result, eligible voters may be denied the right to vote in the upcoming general election.”
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