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Hispanic Group Boasts of 10,000 New Nevada Voters

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LAS VEGAS -- A national Hispanic policy group says its signed up 10,000 new Nevada voters in a push to get Hispanics engaged in politics.

The Hispanic Institute announced Thursday that its Latino Voter Registration Project has signed up 10,000 new Hispanic voters. Chair Gus West says that his staff will now work to increase voter turnout. The group will offer voters transportation to polling places and organize phone banks to remind voters of the Nov. 2 election.

The group hopes to copy its Nevada project in other Hispanic-heavy states during the 2012 presidential election. Candidates in Nevada's high-profile gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races have been courting Hispanics, who make up 26 percent of the state's population. Many of the voters registered as Democrats.

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