Latino groups worried about voter intimidation
Some Latino groups say their efforts to reach out to potential voters has been threatened. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Some Latino groups say their efforts to reach out to potential voters has been threatened.
Since Mi Familia Vota began reaching out to potential Latino voters earlier this year, they've registered more than 18 thousand people in the state.
"It's our right," says Leo Murrieta, Nevada state director. "We're either born in this country or we immigrate to this country and become citizens for a reason, to participate."
But there are worries that not everyone is getting to participate. Mi Familia Vota says last month, another group registering voters harrassed two of their volunteers.
"They were calling them wetbacks, illegals," says Murrieta. "That is inappropriate, unprofessional, un-American."
The Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN) says that's not the only incident that seems to be targeted at Latino groups.
"One of PLAN's organizors in Reno was pushed by an opposing voter registrant. He pointed his hand at her like a gun and said I was going to shoot you," says Laura Martin.
Both groups have contacted the Secretary of State's office to let him know about these alleged incidents of voter intimidation and fraud
"I can't confirm or deny that we've got investigations in place, but to the extent that we see violations, we pursue them aggressively," says Secretary of State Ross Miller.
Miller says Latinos will likely be a big factor in the upcoming election.
"We want their voices heard, they represent an important part of our community, and it's important that they get out and cast their ballots."
That's why PLAN hopes everyone will register.
"Your vote is your voice. Do not let someone who doesn't share your values speak for you. You need to go out and vote," says Martin.
Saturday is the last day to register to vote online. After that, you have until October 16 to register in person.