OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – On the first day of early voting in Central Florida, Alexandra Solano, a native of the Dominican Republic said she wanted to set an example for her fellow Latinos.
“It needs to be out there. We need to do this,” Solano said.
Her concerns are racism and the way the pandemic has been handled.
According to the supervisor of elections of Osceola County, the first day of early voting saw a significant turnout in the first two hours with 1,300 voters processed through eight polling locations set up across the county. Mary Jane Arrington, Supervisor of Elections for Osceola County said about 50 percent of eligible voters are Hispanic or Latino.
“They like early voting, so we expect to see a lot of 'em at early voting. Convenience voting is very popular in Osceola county,” Arrington said.
Ricardo Negrón of Latino Justice is part of a coalition of nonprofit organizations reaching out to the Hispanic and Latino community through the campaign Pa' Luego es Tarde, VOTA! which translates to the Sooner the better, VOTE! they’re reeducating Latino voters.
“What we’re trying to do is let people know, these are the deadlines, these are the dates that you can actually go ahead and vote,” Negrón said. “Take advantage of it. This is what you need. Make your plan to vote. We’re actually pushing for folks to take advantage of the early voting period and also of the vote by mail.”
If voters decide to mail in their ballots but have not requested one, they have until Oct. 24 at 5 p.m. to request a ballot.