The Houston Independent School District is continuing its partnership with Univision 45 and nonprofit organizations for a district-wide voter registration drive, Ya Es Hora (It Is Time), at a number of the district’s high schools.
Also participating as sponsors of Ya Es Hora are the National Association of Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, Mi Familia Vota, and the League of Women Voters. The campaign kicked off Monday just in time for National Voter Registration Day, to motivate students and staff to exercise their right to vote.
The partnership provides deputized registrar volunteers to assist with the drive and works with school administrators to schedule campus and informational sessions to educate students on their rights and confirm their eligibility. In addition, all HISD high school principals have been deputized to register eligible voters. The drive is continuing today (Sept. 23). The schools with the most students registered will be recognized by Univision 45 Houston on its morning newscast, “Vive la Mañana.”
About Ya Es Hora:
The “Ya Es Hora” initiative is a national civic engagement campaign developed to inform, educate, and motivate Hispanics to participate in the American political dialogue by leveraging the power of a coalition of the nation’s largest and most established Hispanic organizations and the country’s largest Spanish-language media companies. Since January 2007, the multi-layered campaign has mobilized and assisted millions of Latinos to pursue naturalization, participate in the 2010 Census, register to vote, and make their voices heard in elections.