The Latino Civic Engagement Committee is petitioning the North Carolina State Board of Elections to make Hispanic voter turnout data readily available during North Carolina elections.
The petition, made public in mid-January, asks for daily updates on the unofficial Latino voting turnout information in the state during the electoral process. The organization says that this data should be as available and accessible for Hispanic voters as it is for other groups in the state.
Journalist and member of the Latino Civic Engagement Committee, Rafael Prieto, says this is about equity for all.
"It’s about the principle," he says. "It’s not even a legal matter, but rather an issue of equity. Latinos need to have the same rights that all of the other ethno-racial communities have. I think it’s vital for our community to know the electoral process and have access to that information."
Prieto says the organization is planning to meet with the board of elections the second week of March.
This story was produced by a partnership between WFDD and La Noticia. You can read this story in Spanish at La Noticia.
Eileen Rodriguez is a reporter for both WFDD and La Noticia through Report for America, where she covers COVID-19's impact in the Latino Communities.
Periodista de La Noticia y 88.5 WFDD, Eileen Rodríguez reporta el impacto de COVID-19 en la comunidad Latina en Carolina del Norte. Rodríguez es miembro del cuerpo de periodistas de Report for America 2021-2022