Latino Community Helping Register Hispanic Voters
Members of the 51,000-member, $117 million Latino Community Credit Union, as well as members of the general public, will be able to register to vote or update their current voter registration at all of the Durham, N.C., credit union's locations next week.
The credit union is making the branches available to bilingual volunteers from four non-profit voter registration organizations, including Democracy North Carolina, El Cambio NC, El Pueblo and the Latin American Coalition to sign up voters and help already registered voters make any necessary changes to their voter registration.
“Our goal is to provide a safe and easy way for members and non-members to register to vote,” said Erika Bell, vice president of Strategy & Services at Latino CU.
"If members of the community who are eligible to vote need to register or update their information, they can conveniently do so at their local credit union. It is another way to help encourage voters to exercise their right,” Bell said.
Voter registration forms and voter rights information will be available in English and Spanish, the credit union said, and the organizations involved would be registering the voters and forwarding the completed registration forms to the proper authorities.
All the credit union will provide is the space for the registration as well as publicizing its availability.
When asked whether the credit union risked being seeing as taking a partisan position because Hispanic voters are so highly sought after by both presidential campaigns, Bell said she didn't think so since the organizations which will actually register voters are non-partisan.
At least one other North Carolina credit union, Mountain CU in the Asheville area, also hosted voter registration drives this election season.