‘This Is My Home But My Voice Doesn’t Matter’

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In San Diego, they’re all around us.

Refugees who’ve become legal residents. Immigrants who were brought here illegally as children. People who’ve served time in prison and are out on parole. Regular old high school students.

They all share something that unites them: They can’t vote.

We spoke to several San Diegans who cannot legally vote in Tuesday’s election about how they grapple with paying taxes and investing in their community without having a say in how their city and country are run.

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'Party Bus' To Help Mobilize Voters Across San Diego

Crew will give free rides to underrepresented voters on election day

 

 
 
 
 'Party Bus' To Help Mobilize Voters Across San Diego
Crew will give free rides to underrepresented voters on election day
Sebastian Crashing the Party     
SAN DIEGO, CA -- Alliance San Diego is wrapping up this election season with a bang with Get Out the Vote activities featuring a decked-out "party bus" ready to take voters to the polls to "Crash the Party" and vote on Tuesday, November 8.

Crash the Party is a non-partisan voter outreach campaign of Alliance San Diego focused on getting underrepresented, infrequent voters to the polls on election day. It seeks to motivate voters who feel their vote doesn't matter or feel they have been left out by society.

Between Monday and Tuesday, there will be more than 100 canvassers and volunteers at Alliance San Diego's headquarters preparing to make calls and walk precincts to urge voters to participate in the election.

"We are reaching out to San Diegans who may feel that their voices don't matter or that their vote doesn't count, and inviting them to join us in crashing the party together and voting on Tuesday, November 8," said Christopher Wilson, Alliance San Diego Associate Director."There's a lot at stake in this election, especially around local measures that can greatly impact our communities, so everybody should be coming out and making their presence be felt at the polls."

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES

"Party Bus" Ride Along
What: Media is invited to ride along with party crashers on Tuesday, November 8. To RSVP a spot on the party bus (space limited), email ChaKiara Tucker at chakiara@alliancesd.org.
When: Tuesday, Nov. 8 from 9 to noon ONLY
Where: Alliance San Diego office, 4443 30th St. San Diego, CA 92116

GOTV Activities
What: Visuals of canvassers and staff preparing materials for canvassing and distribution, making calls and walking in San Diego districts, speaking with residents about voting.
When: Monday Nov. 7 and Tuesday, Nov. 8 from Noon to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Alliance San Diego office, 4443 30th St. San Diego, CA 92116

Crash the Election Watch Party
What: Join us for a festive election night watch party as we see the results come in. Office will be decorated with a Crash the Party theme.
When: Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m.
Where: Alliance San Diego office, 4443 30th St. San Diego, CA 92116

Speakers available for interviews:
  • Andrea Guerrero - Alliance San Diego Executive Director - Bilingual
  • Christopher Wilson - Alliance San Diego Associate Director
  • Various party crashers and canvassers
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Young San Diegans Crunch out Thousands of Calls to Get People to the Polls

Dozens of volunteers from minority communities across the city spent hours calling registered voters in San Diego Thursday, hoping to get them to get out and vote in the historic election. 

“Would I be able to inform you about Measure K on your local ballot?” asked one volunteer, working with Alliance San Diego.

The local non-partisan group, based in North Park, said they are pushing to inform voters about what is at stake during this election. 


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Are San Diego’s Polling Places Safe?

A variety of political organizations say they'll have people monitoring polling places

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Republican nominee Donald Trump's claim that the election will be rigged against him has raised concerns about voter intimidation and poll monitoring during the November 8 election.

A variety of political organizations say they'll have people monitoring polling places.

How could that affect polling places in San Diego?

"If certain campaigning is happening within 100 feet, then we are going to advise that individual, that is doing so, to get past that 100 foot mark," said Michael Vu, of the San Diego Registrar of Voters. 

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Ahead of Election Day, Immigrants Urged to Apply for DACA

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By Elena Shore

SAN DIEGO – Two weeks before Election Day, immigrant rights advocates have an urgent message for undocumented immigrants: Now is the time to secure your future.

“You start to become a part of the community, being able to get out of the house without fear of being pulled over and asked for your papers,” said Ruben Alan Casas Espino about his experience with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). 

The federal program, launched in 2012, allows those who came to the country before the age of 16 to get temporary, renewable protection from deportation, and access to a work permit and social security number.

Casas Espino didn’t finish high school, but he was able to apply for DACA because he has his GED (high school equivalency) certificate, which is enough to meet the program’s educational requirements. 

Since his DACA application was approved in 2013, Casas Espino says his life has been “completely transformed.” 

He spoke Friday at a media roundtable organized by New America Media in collaboration with Alliance San Diego and the statewide collaborative Ready California.

“In a political climate marked by xenophobia, there’s an urgency to make sure immigrants can seek programs to protect themselves,” said NAM’s Odette Keeley, who moderated the discussion. 

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