Groups planning to get out Latino vote in Colorado

After knocking on more than 16,000 doors in the state, national Latino advocacy organizations and their volunteers are planning to target three areas in Colorado to get out the vote on Election Day.

Mi Familia Vota and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), two nonpartisan organizations, have announced a three-point strategy for Election Day in Denver, Weld County and Pueblo County.

The plan includes distributing door hangers and canvassing door-to-door in Latino neighborhoods, reminding individuals to vote. The organizations will also provide Spanish assistance to voters with poll questions, assisting with what public officials in Denver say is a dramatic need for Spanish-speaking poll workers.

All of the actions are part of a national a drive by the organizations to get more than 1 million newly registered Latino voters to the polls.

Erin Rosa was born in Spain and raised in Colorado Springs. She is a freelance writer currently living in Denver. Rosa's work has been featured in a variety of news outlets including the Huffington Post, Democracy Now!, and the Rocky Mountain Chronicle, an alternative-weekly in Northern Colorado where she worked as a columnist covering the state legislature. Rosa has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting on lobbying and woman's health issues. She was also tapped with a rare honorable mention award by the Newspaper Guild-CWA's David S. Barr Award in 2008--only the second such honor conferred in its nine-year history--for her investigative series covering the federal government's Supermax prison in the state. Rosa covers the labor community, corrections, immigration and government transparency matters. She can be reached at erosa@www.coloradoindependent.com.

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