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CASA announces voter-registration push in York

Sean Philip Cotter
505-5437/@SPCotterYD
  • Anyone who is able to register to vote can do so at everyone.votesPA.com.

A Hispanic services organization at York City Hall was joined by the Pennsylvania secretary of state to announce a voter-registration program aimed at Latinos, blacks and young people.

Secretary Pedro Cortes, who's in change of the Pennsylvania Department of State, spoke alongside York City Mayor Kim Bracey, CASA executive director Gustavo Torres and York NAACP president Sandra Thompson.

Speaking in English and then translating for himself into Spanish, Cortes talked about his duties as the top election official in the state.

"One of my main responsibilities is making sure this electoral process is one that is open," he said.

He touted what he called the most progressive voter-registration law change in 50 years: online registration. Anyone who is able to register can do so at everyone.votesPA.com.

"Es seguro, es facil, es conveniente," he said — it's secure, it's easy, and it's convenient.

Torres, speaking on behalf of his organization, CASA, a national Latino-services organization that has a branch in City Hall, said his goal is to register 4,000 new voters by the Oct. 11 registration deadline.

Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro Cortes speaks at York City Hall about voter-registration efforts.

Hispanic services organization moves into York City Hall

"Let's get everyone out to vote," said Torres, flanked, as all the speakers were, by two children holding signs reading "Register to vote today!"

​CASA's mission is "to create a more just society by building power and improving the quality of life in low-income immigrant communities."

Elizabeth Alex, the regional director for the organization, said the plan is to go door to door and to attend various events around the area. They'll sign people up to vote, half via paper applications and half online, to help the Department of State figure out whether the new online method indeed is helpful, she said.

CASA holds immigration services fair

Salita Salazar, a Peruvian woman who became a U.S. citizen in the past few weeks, spoke about why she wanted to vote.

"Amamos a este pais," she said — we love this country.

"I want to take this opportunity to invite all my Hispanic community," she said. "Take advantage of this opportunity to vote."

— Reach Sean Cotter atscotter@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at@SPCotterYD.