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“Unidos, We Can Stop Hate”: Florida Families Take To The Streets In Early Voting Event

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With Election Day a little more than a week away and early voting in full swing in a number of states, there are encouraging signs Latino voters are mobilized and set on making their voices heard this November.

According to a must-read piece from Fusion, “The Latino ‘sleeping giant’ is finally woke in key battlegrounds,” states are reporting historic numbers from Latinos:

Officials in Clark County, home to the Las Vegas strip, have recorded a 34% uptick in Latinx voter participation, compared to white voter turnout, which is up only 13%.

“If we keep this trend we feel very good about Hillary Clinton winning the state in Nevada,” Marlon Marshall, director of state campaigns and political engagement for Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, said during a press call with reporters.

The early numbers look even better for Clinton in Florida, where over 133,000 Latino voters have already cast ballots over the past week. That marks an incredible 99% increase in Latino early voter participation from this same point in the 2012 election.

This past weekend in Miami, Latino and immigrant families and their allies held a “Trump Is Scary” parade that ended with a early voting block party at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center.

One of the speakers at the block party included Lucia Guiej, a member of We Count! in Florida, who bravely told Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders her family’s deportation story during a Univision debate from the Democratic primary.

“Lucia represents countless immigrant women we know and love,” tweeted the Latino Victory Project. “Show up for love. Vote.”