Charting a new course forward for the struggle from Voces de la Frontera Action (VDLFA)

We did it!   Thank you!  After more than a year and a half of statewide organizing to turn out the Latinx and youth vote, we rose to what history demanded of us.

The statewide Latinx turnout was historic. Wisconsin experienced an impressive turnout of 74% of Latinx voters. There are 183,000 eligible Latinx voters in Wisconsin according to the Pew Research Center, and 135,000 of them voted in the 2020 elections, according to Latino Decisions.   In the 2016 presidential race there was 46.7% Latinx turnout statewide and in 2012 it was 52.5%, according to the Pew Research Center.

In early voting, 46,000 Latinx voters voted early in 2020 compared to 17,000 in 2016, according to Catalist, and 60% of them were Latinas. Voces de la Frontera Action (VDLFA) is proud to have grown our “Voceros por el Voto” relational voter network of 20,298, including many new and infrequent Latinx and multiracial youth voters. And we could not have done it without you!

Your work was invaluable. We also want to give a shout out to all the volunteers and leads in our statewide canvassing and phone-banking programs. We did 5 weeks of canvasses in Madison, Racine, Milwaukee and Green Bay and knocked on every door in Latinx majority wards. In the phonebank, we called all the lists possible and assisted those who had issues with rejected ballots. We made 737,265 calls to more than 200,000 potential voters, and knocked on 59,796 doors during more than 893 canvassing shifts.  We helped 12,000 voters commit or confirm that they registered before the elections and assisted 7,390 with their absentee ballot requests. Those numbers are impressive - and it paid off!

We want to make a special shout out to Voces de los Artistas (VDLA), the VDLFA artist affinity group that became an integral part of our GOTV efforts in the lead-up to the election. VDLA’s support was vital in creating Spanish-language literature, posters, t-shirts, billboards and yard signs that we distributed statewide. We also want to give special thank all of the 80 plus volunteers in our non-partisan Election Protection program, which met a critical need for information and assistance on November 3rd to Latinx voters in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, Madison and Green Bay.  Thanks to you, we were able to launch a impressive bilingual paid media campaign in partnership with People for the American (PFAW) and Way too Win of $800,000 in television, radio and digital ads in Milwaukee & Racine Counties, Brown County, Dane County,  and rural areas of Walworth County, Manitowoc County, and Trempealeau County.

Finally, we want to thank every single person who donated to Voces de la Frontera Action over the past year because it allowed us to meet the challenge of our times. As we celebrate this hard-earned victory, we also look ahead to what comes next. We hope you rest (now), and we (then) look forward to evaluating together the new opportunities we have created and charting a new course forward for the struggle! ¡Adelante, si se puede! From Christine Neumann-Ortiz -christine@vdlf.org