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Milwaukee Democratic Leaders Urge Latino Community To Vote Early

State Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa: 'We Must Stop The Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Latino Attacks'

State Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa and Milwaukee Alderman Jose Perez speak at an early voting rally.
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State Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa, D-Milwaukee, and Milwaukee Alderman Jose Perez encouraged early voting at a rally Monday on the city’s south side.

The Democrats urged the mainly Latino crowd to cast their votes as soon as possible and support Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Russ Feingold.

It is important Latinos vote because the United States and the community need bridges, not walls, Zamarripa said.

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“Because I know that when Latinos vote, we stop the attacks,” Zamarripa said. “We must stop the anti-immigrant, anti-Latino attacks. They need to see us rise up and vote in great numbers.”

Early voting is essential because it allows people to vote when they have the time, which isn’t always the case on Election Day, she said.

Milwaukee resident Harvey Delery attended the event with his wife. He said America’s diversity is vital to its success.

“We need to celebrate that and support one another and realize together we are stronger; and that’s what makes America great, and it has always been great,” Delery said.

Rally attendees were given the opportunity to register to vote or vote nearby at Forest Home Library.

Registered voters in Milwaukee can request an early voting absentee ballot or find a schedule for early voting locations online. Early voting in Milwaukee ends Saturday, Nov. 5.

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