LAS VEGAS -- A local Hispanic movement is hoping to get 10,000 people registered to vote in the November election.
Translated into English, Ya es hora means the time is now and that is why the Hispanic Institute is teaming up with Hispanics in Politics to educate Latino voters on the voting process and the importance of getting registered. Free classes will be held every Tuesday starting August 24 through mid-September. Artie Blanco with the Hispanic Institute explains some of the common questions they answer.
"What do you need to be a registered voter? How can you vote? What's the difference between a primary and a general? Well, I just voted in June what does that mean? Do we have elections every year?"
Blanco, the daughter of Mexican immigrants, learned about the importance of voting through her father. She and her staff are going door-to-door informing the Hispanic community of why it's important to have a voice in elections.
Eighteen-year-old Dolores Maceda recently registered to vote. She is now one of the people who will be helping out during the free classes to educate the Latino community.
"Through these classes we are going to open their eyes so they can see that they actually do make a difference. Every vote does count," said Maceda.
The Hispanic Institute is a non-partisan non-profit group focused on increasing the number of Hispanic voters. Currently, there are more than 9,100 Spanish surnamed active registered voters for the November 2, 2010 General Election.