LULAC creates hotline for voters to report acts of intimidation, suppression

Some voters have reported being told to go to the wrong polling location, receiving false mailers, and not receiving absentee ballots.

Twice as many Latino voters turned out for the 2018 midterms than did for the 2014 election.
Twice as many Latino voters turned out for the 2018 midterms than did for the 2014 election.

With Election Day less than a week away, leaders in the Latino community worry its members are being targeted for voter suppression and intimidation.

Domingo Garcia, National President of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), said the organization is creating a hotline number for voters to call if they encounter any acts of voter suppression and intimidation. Garcia said that multiple regions with a high number of Latino and minority voters are facing this issue.

"We know in Texas and other states, especially in the south and southwest, we have to be vigilant about protecting the rights of people to vote, especially people of color," Garcia said.

Garcia alleged some Hispanic voters in the Houston region are not receiving their absentee ballots, or are receiving them but with incorrect information, like their names being misspelled.

"I think there's a strong effort in Texas by the Republican party to either suppress or confuse the Latino vote," he said. "The mailer trying to divide African Americans and Latinos in Houston is part of that dirty campaign tricks that we've seen from certain elements of the Republican party."

Garcia said these issues are not exclusive to Houston.

"In state after state we are seeing multiple attempts to do voter intimidation and voter suppression," Garcia said. "This is occurring across the country in several states that have extreme concern to us."

LULAC is especially focused on Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, and Texas.

Garcia said other attempts of voter suppression include sending out false mailers and to being sent to incorrect locations to vote. Garcia said there have been reports in Arizona, where armed people are at polling locations to intimidate voters.

Once a caller makes a complaint, LULAC immediately investigates and determines whether the act was a "screw up" or whether someone's vote was intentionally being suppressed. Garcia said the hotline number will consist of attorneys to review complaints and provide legal advice. The hotline is new and being tested and can possibly be used during the 2024 Presidential Campaign.

"If we need to we'll keep the hotline available past this election," he said.

LULAC's hotline for voter suppression and intimidation is 1-833-MYLULAC or 1-833-695-8522.