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Hispanics around Texoma are registering to vote

Source: KAUZ Source: KAUZ
WICHITA COUNTY, TX (KAUZ) -

The minority vote is something both presidential candidates are working hard for on a national level.
Newschannel 6 spoke with local Hispanics about preparing for the upcoming election.
Their message was simple.
    "If you don't make the effort to try to change, then you can't change anything," Juan Mercado, a Midwestern State student, said.
Within the past three weeks, Gonzalo Robles, founder of Cafe Con Leche, has seen a spike in Hispanics registering to vote in November.
But there is more to it than just that.
    "Registering to vote is just the first step," Robles said. "Now we have to ensure that these young men and the rest of our population are eligible to vote, and that they are actually going to go vote."
The Hispanic community makes up 39.6 percent of the state of Texas.
By 2020 they are expected to become the largest ethnic group in the lone star state.
That is why Robles is educating young Hispanics, something that many are taking to heart.
    "Why not vote," Miguel Orozco, an MSU student, said. "Try to make a change. We have the privilege. So why not?"
    "I feel like if you wanna do something, then be part of the solution rather than just talk about what's wrong and the problems," Andres Sotelo, an MSU student, said.
Robles said none of it would be possible without the League of Woman Voters.
    "They are the catalyst and engine for this drive," Robles said. "Without them we wouldn't be able to do this because they are the one's who actually know how the process works."
His message to his fellow Hispanics is short and to the point.
    "Every vote counts," Robles said. "And if we don't vote, we cannot complain. That is basic and simple. Let's take advantage of this great opportunity that we have as citizens of this great nation."
Mercado believes their voice matters and there is nothing more important than voting this time of year.
The League of Woman Voters will be having one final registration drive on October 1st at the farmers market in downtown Wichita Falls.
There is also a table with registration cards at the Wichita Falls Public Library for the rest of the month.

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