|“Rock The Box” Early Voting Event|
**Media Alert for October 26, 3 to 7 PM – Event Invitation**
WHAT: East Austin’s voters, both new and old, will be casting their early votes at a fun community event this Friday at Southwest Key’s Centro de Familia
WHO: Voters and families
Southwest Key CEO Dr. Juan Sanchez
Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir
Project Vote Latino Outreach Coordinator and Spokesperson Viviana Hurtado
WHEN: Friday, October 26, 2012 3:00-7:00 PM
WHERE: Southwest Key’s Centro de Familia (next to Eastside Memorial HS) 6002 Jain Lane | Austin, TX 78721 | https://www.facebook.com/events/120485071436956/
(AUSTIN, Texas) Southwest Key Programs and Project Vote invite the Austin community to early vote this Friday and have their voices included in this historic election. Travis County elections will be supplying early vote machines. Families are encouraged to attend, bring the kids, and enjoy food and a youth slam poetry contest. Travis County voters may vote at any early voting location.
“Everyone knows that Texas has some of the lowest voter registration and voting rates in the country, and we are trying to change that,” says Southwest Key CEO Dr. Juan Sanchez. “Civic participation is the foundation of community building. We helped nearly 650 local residents to register this cycle and we want to see them and their families this Friday for early vote.”
Southwest Key Programs’ partner for the event is Project Vote, a national voting rights organization with a strong presence in Texas. In addition to working to ensure integrity in election administration, Project Vote sued the state this year around its burdensome community voter registration rules. Project Vote works to mobilize under-represented voters.
“All signs show this is going to be another popular election and every vote is important,” says Project Vote Latino Outreach Coordinator and Spokesperson Viviana Hurtado. “We encourage everyone to get involved in voting and have their voices heard. Our democracy works best when every American participates.”
ABOUT SOUTHWEST KEY: For almost 25 years, Southwest Key Programs has worked to keep doors to opportunity open for young people so they can achieve their dreams. Through family- and community-based programs for children caught in the juvenile justice system, youth can be rehabilitated and build positive and productive lives upon release. Through the East Austin Children’s Promise initiative, a model program designed to offer quality education to the children in East Austin, adult education, job training opportunities, cultural arts programs, and community building, Southwest Key is empowering families to improve their own lives, and their communities as a whole. For more information, visit www.swkey.org.
PROJECT VOTE is a national nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) that works to empower, educate, and mobilize low-income, minority, youth, and other marginalized and under-represented voters.
CONTACT: Cindy Casares 917-656-5222 ccasares[AT]swkey.org, Southwest Key Programs
Sarah Massey 202-210-6614, smassey[AT]projectvote.org, Project Vote
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