Site-based voter registration program will register eligible voters in communities of color in Nevada
Las Vegas, NV — On the eve of Earth Day, Chispa Nevada, a program of the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (LCVEF), celebrated the launch of a new $600,000 site-based voter registration program in Nevada with a community celebration accompanied by the unveiling of an art piece by local Las Vegas artist Cerissa Lopez to highlight the power and strength of our community when voting. This program will register eligible voters that identify as Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian American or Pacific Islander as well as eligible voters in immigrant communities and neighborhoods historically excluded from voter registration efforts.
As of Friday, April 1st canvassers have been in Las Vegas neighborhoods registering eligible voters after spending two years off the field because of the pandemic, primarily doing community outreach through phone, text and virtual events.
“Individual and unheard voices in the community become stronger when everyone unites — people have more motivation to make a change once they’re given the opportunity to participate,” said local Las Vegas artist Cerissa Lopez. “We’re bringing communities together through art and celebration to empower our neighbors and ensure the same Las Vegas communities who face environmental injustices are informed on how to be civically engaged.”
“We are excited to announce this initiative to help ensure our communities have an opportunity to have a voice at the ballot box,” said Guillermo Barahona, Chispa Nevada Director of Civic Engagement. “Our team has been engaged over the last few years to help protect the right to vote in communities historically left out of the electoral process. Especially during an election year, it’s crucial we provide voting information to our communities who often face barriers to participating in our democracy.”
“Not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to vote. I do this work so others can use their voice not only for themselves, but also for those not yet able to exercise that privilege,” said Jorge Costa, Chispa Nevada Voter Registration Director.
“Barriers to voting disproportionately impact eligible voters in communities of color, immigrant communities, and rural communities, especially for first-time voters, voters with disabilities, and voters who speak or read another language,” said Hilda Nucete, LCVEF Director of Civic Engagement. “We know that we can’t have a healthy environment without a healthy democracy — the same communities who are historically excluded from the voting process are the same communities who are disproportionately impacted by environmental injustices.”
About Chispa Nevada:
Chispa Nevada strengthens the voices of Latinx families to fight against climate change and for clean energy for a healthier future for us all. We organize our communities to build the capacity of Latinx families to influence policymakers and protect our families’ rights to clean air and water, healthy neighborhoods, and a safe climate for generations to come.
For more information, please visit https://chispalcv.org/state/nevada/.
The League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (LCVEF) envisions a world in which tackling the climate crisis, confronting environmental injustice, and strengthening our democracy lead to cleaner and healthier communities, good, well-paying jobs, and a more just, equitable, and sustainable planet for all.
LCVEF works to expand voter participation, advocates for policy change, engages in public education, mobilizes, organizes, and builds grassroots power in communities, and partners with and supports the Conservation Voters Movement (CVM) and allies.
For more information, please visit www.lcvef.org.