"Hundreds in Arizona to Celebrate 'Real Winners' of This Year's Election—Arizona's Powerful Bloc of New Latino Voters" is a cross-post from UNITE HERE.
Step aside, old Arizona. The new Arizona has arrived. This year's elections in Arizona have been marred by irregularities and polling problems that have led to more than 650,000 uncounted votes statewide, an unprecedented number of provisional ballots cast and no end in sight for the ballot count, despite Friday's deadline. More than a week after the election, a number of key races statewide hang in the balance.
Whatever the outcome of the election, the real winner is clear: Arizona's new powerful bloc of Latino voters. Arizona has been ground zero for the war on the Latino community in the United States. Despite the anti-immigrant attacks here, in the past year the Adios Arpaio campaign, driven largely by UNITE HERE, registered 35,000 new voters. A total of 70% of those voters are Latino. In the election last week, Latino voting by mail more than doubled in Arizona, from 90,000 to 220,000. Latinos are projected to be 35% of the Arizona population by 2030 and 25% of registered voters. This election marks the beginning of a new Arizona.
High school volunteers and UNITE HERE members have been at the center of the surge in Latino electoral participation, leading the Adios Arpaio campaign and calls for political accountability. Thursday's action is the largest escalation to date in daily protests led by high school students and UNITE HERE members since the election, who have been a constant presence outside the Elections Office since Election Day.
Tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 15, at 5 p.m. MT, we are holding a rally at the Maricopa County Recorder's office. Join us!