Hispanic voting trends forum at Hodges

With the 2008 election just days away, the Hispanic Institute of Hodges University will host a forum on Hispanic voting trends in our area. The goal of the forum is to understand the statistics, speak with Hispanic voters and have a meet and greet with political candidates who have been invited to attend.  

Following the panel discussion, audience members are invited to stay for a public screening of "Latinos '08," a documentary that appeared on PBS earlier this month about the Hispanic vote in this presidential election. The program will take place Saturday, November 1 beginning at 9am at Hodges University, 4501 Colonial Blvd. in Ft. Myers.

The forum panelists include Lee County Supervisor of Election Sharon Harrington; attorney Miguel Fernandez, who ran for 20th circuit judge in 2006; and Luis Alejandro Bernal, president of the local Council of Hispanic Business Professionals. They will talk about their experiences and answer questions from the audience.

The United States has roughly 45 million Hispanics, and Lee County has about 90,000. They make up 15 percent of the Lee County population. This is a critical election on a national, state and local level, and they are looking to vote for qualified candidates.

Some Hispanics have been U.S. citizens since birth and have voted since age 18, while others have become naturalized more recently, and they are adamant about exercising their right to vote on November 4.

The forum is free and open to the public, however an RSVP is requested. For more information, phone 239-335-0224.

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