The League of Women Voters of San Jose-Santa Clara is
reaching out to the Spanish-speaking community with speaking
engagements on the pros and cons of the ballot issues. Socorro
McCord, a member of the League of Women Voters of San Jose-Santa
Clara, who is fluent in Spanish, is presenting this nonpartisan
information to several neighborhood associations in Spanish-speaking
areas of the city. The League speaker also goes armed with
copies of the State League's Spanish election guide, Pros
& Cons on the State Ballot Measures and Smart Voter
bookmarks which she distributes at the engagements.
"Santa Clara County is one quarter Hispanic. The League
plans to maintain the momentum Ms McCord has begun by continuing
to reach out and engage all people in the democratic process,"
said the League President Brenda McHenry. "We also
thank Cecelia Santos-Chavez for making the logistical arrangements."
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"Democracy is not a spectator sport!" exclaimed
Linda R. Davis, the League's representative to the Digital
Heeding this challenge, the League of Women Voters of California
and Digital Clubhouse Network, based in Sunnyvale, are joining
forces to connect the under-served citizens of Santa Clara
County to the electoral process. Technology centers with
computers and internet access, located in senior and family
low-income apartment complexes managed by the Housing Authority
of the county, have been established to train residents
in computer skills. Not only are there many new citizens
living here, but many whose first language is not English.
At Digital Clubhouse "Cousins", as they are called,
League members utilize Smart Voter to help citizens register
to vote, become informed and find their polling place. Bringing
citizens into the digital age through the electoral process
is truly Digital Democracy.
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The final story of interest to Spanish-speaking voters throughout
the state is a reminder that the League's acclaimed nonpartisan
Pros & Cons on the State Ballot Measures is available
on Smart Voter's web page at http://www.smartvoter.org.
Read them online or download them in Spanish or English.
easily available from Smart Voter pages also. Easyvoter
contains pros and cons written in easily understood Spanish
as well as English, Chinese and Vietnamese.