Voter Registration Events Begin in Community
Oct. 7, 2022
National Voter Registration Day was Sept. 20, and to help the effort, the Gila River Indian Community Communication & Public Affairs Office and Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA) launched voter registration events throughout the Community with a kickoff that day at the District 3 Multipurpose Building. The events aim to register new voters, verify existing voter information and inform Community members about election day resources.
Tables lined the parking lot for Community members to quickly access information on voting, registering to vote, and updating existing voter information.
“It’s definitely important to be involved in local, state and federal elections, especially this midterm, because there are things on the ballot that can affect our day-to-day lives,” said Alexander Castillo-Nunez, Civic Engagement Coordinator for ITCA. “It was a great turnout today; there was a lot of voter registration forms filled—more than what I’m used to seeing at similar events.”
The outreach drew a wide age range of voters looking to learn more about what to expect for the Nov. 8 election.
Rayanne Antone, 20, of District 3, who has been voting since she was 18, went to the event to update her voter information. “Voting is a good thing and [it] is important for us to decide who we think is responsible for leading this Community and state,” said Antone. She also said she wants more of her peers to consider voting, and stated, “As long as you’re 18, it’s important for you to vote.”
Voter registration events continued throughout the month in the Community, including on Sept. 27 in District 4 and District 5 and Oct. 3, in District 1, where the Pinal County Clean Election Voter Outreach Mobile was present to assist.
ITCA offers a Native Vote Election Protection Hotline at 1-888-777-3831 and voter news and information on its website at itcaonline.com. The last day to register to vote for the Nov. 8 general election is Oct. 11.