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    Click here: Inscribete y Vota

  • #2
    Voting is very important!

    I don't care what side of what issue you are on. Whether you think El_Jibaro or MinFaluMuhammad should run for office, voting is very important. Your vote does count!

    Election day is a holiday in Puerto Rico and a very large percentage of the population votes. It is one of our most distinctive traits. It is a bit more difficult for some of us who live in the states to find time away from work and the kids to vote, but we must do it.

    I have made it a tradition to take my kids with me when I vote, because I want them to value their vote as much as I do. Please vote and pass the message along.

    José

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    • #3
      JoseNestor

      Thanks for your comments.

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      • #4
        Let's try to keep this thread going until election day, OK?

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        • #5
          ¡Vota!

          ¡Vota!

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          • #6
            The Hispanic vote in the US is up. Let's maintain the trend.

            José

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            • #7
              I want to but...

              I want to vote but don't know who I should vote for. Haven't voted since my husband passed. He used to know who to vote for but the last time we did we voted for Clinton and what a big mistake that was! I'm very confused about politics.
              Annie

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              • #8
                R2D22002

                Click here: Your Representative to see information and the issues on their website of your state and district representatives.

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                • #9
                  Boricua Hits Streets To Enlist Voters

                  By Kelly Brewington | Sentinel Staff Writer


                  October 4, 2002
                  Copyright © 2002 Orlando Sentinel.
                  All rights reserved.


                  Hispanic activists are making a last-minute push to register voters and draw their attention to some of the biggest issues confronting Hispanics in Central Florida this weekend.

                  The Orlando chapter of the National Boricua Human Rights Network, joined by chapters in cities such as Chicago and New York, will canvass neighborhoods making a pitch to register voters. The deadline to register for the November general election is Monday.

                  The Orlando group also will hold a series of seminars concerning issues that range from building a local Hispanic coalition to delving into the turmoil in Vieques, the Puerto Rican island where the U.S. Navy has a bombing range. The workshops will be at 12:30 p.m. at Valencia Community College's East Campus.

                  In addition, the Office for the Government of Puerto Rico in Orlando is also involved in a voter-registration campaign as part of Puerto Rico Gov. Sila Calderón's three-year, nonpartisan voter-education campaign.

                  The group will take part in events surrounding Sunday's Puerto Rican Day parade, which starts at noon at Mills Avenue and Robinson Street and ends at Orlando Festival Park.

                  Advocates hope the last-minute push will result in a huge Hispanic turnout.

                  Politicians know that the Hispanic vote in Central Florida is crucial to nearly every campaign this year.

                  "Anyone that looks at the demographic shifts in Florida and the increase in the Hispanic population since 2000 knows their vote is important," said Susan MacManus, political science professor at the University of South Florida.

                  MacManus said how Central Florida's Hispanics will vote remains a toss-up.

                  Irving Forestier, spokesman for the Orlando chapter of the National Boricua Human Rights Network, said he's not interested in whom voters support, as long as they make it to the polls Nov 5.

                  While much of the weekend's events focus on the Puerto Rican population, organizers with the Boricua Human Rights Network said they hope to stress the importance of a Hispanic coalition.

                  "We need to start saying, 'We are different nations, but we have many issues that we have in common,' " Forestier said.

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                  • #10
                    Puerto Rico drive nets 70,000 voters for U.S. mainland

                    Monday, October 7th, 2002.

                    ORLANDO, Florida
                    (AP) - More than 70,000 people from Puerto Rico registered as new voters through a program by the island government to increase the political might of its citizens in mainland elections, officials said Monday.

                    More than 13,500 of the new Puerto Rican voters signed up in New York, while 13,000 registered in Florida, 11,000 in New Jersey and 7,500 in Connecticut, Puerto Rican officials said at a news conference on the steps of Orlando City Hall.

                    "A lot of people will discover the power of the Puerto Rican vote in the coming election," said Manuel Benitez, South Florida's regional director for the Puerto Rican Federal Affairs Administration.

                    Gov. Sila Calderon began the three-year "Let Nothing Stop Us" campaign in July to encourage the 3.4 million Puerto Ricans living on the mainland to vote in elections wherever they live.

                    The deadline in Florida to register to vote in the state's Nov. 5 general election was Monday.

                    Metro Orlando, which has Florida's largest Puerto Rican population, had 10,000 Puerto Ricans registered as new voters for local, state and congressional races. More than 150,000 Puerto Ricans live in central Florida.

                    The officials didn't have a breakdown of the party affiliation of the new voters.

                    "We can be a swing vote in areas like Orlando," said Celeste Diaz Ferraro, communications director for the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration. "Politicians on both sides are going to pay attention."

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                    • #11
                      Do not get discouraged if you have voted in the past for someone who turned out to be not of your liking. That is why we have elections every few years; we always will have the opportunity to correct our mistakes. Voting empowers you and is your right.

                      Do not let others think Hispanics are disinterested in the political process, that will only hurt us by encouraging others to take advantage of our people.


                      VOTA!!

                      José

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                      • #12
                        I'll will vote !

                        Thank you Ecuayey for all the wonderful information. I enjoyed reading the newspaper clippings and glad to know what's going on in Orlando. Keep up with your good work and dedication to political issues that are so important for our future as Boricuas in this country as well as back home.
                        Jose Nestor thanks for your advice, I will be voting. I feel empowered already.
                        Annie

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by R2D22002
                          Thank you Ecuayey for all the wonderful information. I enjoyed reading the newspaper clippings and glad to know what's going on in Orlando. Keep up with your good work and dedication to political issues that are so important for our future as Boricuas in this country as well as back home.
                          You're welcome. Vote for the candidate that you believe will improve your community the best. Take care.

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                          • #14
                            Clique aquí: Boricua para Congresista

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                            • #15
                              Florida, Let Puerto Rico Show You How To Run An Election

                              Iván Román


                              October 6, 2002
                              Copyright © 2002 Orlando Sentinel.
                              All rights reserved.

                              SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico
                              -- With all the worries that fill everyone's life on this small island in the tropics, at least there is one headache causing migraines in Florida that we don't have.

                              We know how to run elections. And we count every single vote.

                              Yes, that's right. Every single one.

                              I know it can be a mind-boggling concept to those caught in the inner hell of Florida's election system. During the eight years I lived in the Miami area, I dutifully went to the polls for every local, state and national election. And I naively thought they actually counted my votes.

                              It wasn't until George W. Bush and Al Gore supporters spent weeks berating one another in Florida two years ago that I realized my vote, at one time or another, likely turned out to be a hanging chad. Or worse yet, that the machine -- for no logical reason -- just didn't count all the little holes I had punched.

                              Here, bewildered by a smothering government bureaucracy, worried about good schooling for children, annoyed by Miss Universe from Russia handing back the crown she won in San Juan, I can at least sleep well at night knowing they counted my vote and everyone else's.

                              How do I know? They're all on paper, counted by hand, one by one, under 90,000 pairs of watchful eyes. And given that virtually everyone old enough to vote in Puerto Rico is registered -- some 2.5 million people -- and between 80 percent and 90 percent of them go to the polls, that's a big feat. Even with the lower voter turnout in U.S. presidential elections, about half of a proportionately smaller voting-age population, the count in many states never seems to be complete.

                              So we don't see embarrassing pictures of candidates waiting for hours to vote -- candidates such as Janet Reno who, at least in part, blames mechanical and human error in Miami-Dade on her defeat in Florida's Democratic gubernatorial primary.

                              And while official results in her race weren't known for days, and for weeks in the 2000 presidential contest, in Puerto Rico the winners in 2000 were dancing in the streets by 9 p.m., six hours after the polls closed.

                              "Puerto Rico is considered to be one of the best-organized systems, and we turn to Puerto Rico as a resource," said Richard Soudriette, president of the International Foundation for Election Systems, which helps emerging democracies create, fix and refine their election systems.

                              "We send [elections officials from Puerto Rico] not only to Latin America, but all around the world," Soudriette added. "Voter education is one of the best in the U.S. By the time they get to the polls, the voters have no questions about how to vote, which are some of the problems they had in Florida."

                              Voters get so involved and educated in Puerto Rico because so much is at stake. Aside from plebiscites and referendums relating to the island's political status, voters come out just once every four years to choose all 1,020 elected officials -- one governor, one resident commissioner, 27 senators, 51 representatives, 78 mayors and 862 municipal assembly people. In this political patronage system, that means control of a lot of jobs and money.

                              So to pull this off, each of the three major parties recruits workers for every polling place, an army of some 90,000 well-trained people. Election law meticulously establishes who will check voters off lists, who will handle the invisible ink to prevent fraud, and even who will give the voters the pencils.

                              And when it's time to count, they all watch, counting quickly while protecting their party's and society's interests, and then calling, faxing or e-mailing results. Those watching are not just the poll workers. Stores are closed and no one works on Election Day, offering few distractions. Only emergency workers and prisoners vote ahead of time.

                              "It's an efficient and effective system that until now has kept elections transparent and clean," said Juan R. Melecio, a judge who bolstered and refined the system while presiding over the State Elections Commission until his retirement last year. "With a system of checks and balances like that, it's very hard to steal an election."

                              Nevertheless, even in Puerto Rico, technology is knocking at the door. Officials are slowly phasing in the use of optical scanners that make counting easier later on -- 150 were used in a special legislative election last Sunday. But that's still a far cry from the paperless touch screens that cost Florida millions of dollars to get up and running for their rocky debut this year.

                              "New machinery alone doesn't run elections," Melecio said.

                              Don't Floridians know it.

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