We’re celebrating the power of the Latino, immigrant and minority vote!
OneAmerica Votes and the immigrant community is looking forward to working closely with Governor Inslee’s office, given his attention to immigrants during the campaign and his impressive record. Inslee supported the DREAM Act as a Congressman, was one of the first candidates to publicly support the Washington Voting Rights Act this past legislative session, and took a pragmatic and principled stand in support of driver’s licenses for all immigrants.
The margin of victory in the Governor’s race was 2%. Given that the combination of Latino (5%) and API (7.7%) voters in our state is 12.7% of the electorate and that, nationally, they overwhelmingly supported Obama (Latino, 75%; API, 72%), it is easy to see how this level of support in Washington would make up the difference in this race. Nationally, Latino voters also supported same-sex marriage at a higher rate (59%) than general voters (48%).
“The strength of the Latino, Asian, and immigrant vote helped Inslee and Referendum 74 and others to victory. Conventional wisdom believes that Latino and API voters tend to be more socially conservative, but most exit polls show otherwise. These voters support the freedom to marry who you love, because many also understand what it means to experience discrimination. R74 passed, in part, because organizations like OneAmerica Votes made the effort to reach out to these voters and engage them on their own terms and in their own languages.” - OneAmerica Votes Chief Executive Officer, Rich Stolz.
OneAmerica Votes successfully implemented a vast, targeted outreach plan for the elections that informed tens of thousands of registered immigrant voters about the candidates and ballot initiatives and how they would impact their families and communities. The statewide plan featured phone banks, canvassing, and a direct mail program, including outreach in multiple languages: English, Spanish, Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, Somali, Vietnamese, Hindi and Punjabi.
“It’s difficult to see Republicans re-taking the White House or winning statewide in Washington until they recognize a changing America and start leading on issues that are important to immigrant families, starting with comprehensive immigration reform,” added Stolz.
Already, members of Washington’s Congressional delegation—including Senator Patty Murray and Rep. Adam Smith—have started issuing statements in support of reform. Meanwhile, in the 1st Congressional District, John Koster lost to Suzan DelBene, who was endorsed by OneAmerica Votes.