San Antonio, TX–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–November 21, 2006–The non-profit foundation Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together (MATT.org) announced today the launch of a major national effort to get Americans to sign a petition to urge Congress to make Election Day a national holiday or move it to the weekend in order to increase voter participation.
The Center for the Study of the American Electorate reports that an estimated 40.4% of the U.S. voting age population turned out to vote on November 7. Mexico had a voter turnout of 58.9% in this year’s presidential election.
“We’re always working to encourage and learn from bicultural dialogue and this is a terrific example of one way Americans can borrow an idea from Mexico and put it to good use for every American voter,” says MATT.org’s CEO Lionel Sosa, one of the nation’s top advertising gurus and a Republican advertising strategist.
MATT.org aims to get a million Americans to sign the petition which reads:
“We, the undersigned, recognize that voter turnout and overall participation rates are higher in Mexico than they are in the United States. While the USA continues to take positive steps to ensure that all voters have access to the polls, much more needs to be done in order to increase Latino participation and reverse the overall decline in voter turnout.
We call upon our nation’s leaders in Congress to act on current proposals which call for making Election Day a national holiday or moving Election Day to the weekend after the first Tuesday in November. One of these simple changes to federal law would make it easier for more working Americans to vote and would finally put America in the company of other nations that place a priority on participation.
We will raise this issue in local meetings with Members of Congress, in outreach to local and national media, and to our friends, family members, and co-workers.”
Businessman Henry Cisneros, former mayor of San Antonio, Texas and Clinton Housing Secretary, serves on the MATT.org Advisory Board, is a supporter of this effort.
Where To Sign Up
The petition, which will be delivered to every Member of Congress, is available through a link on the front of MATT.org or
at this direct link: http://matt.org/newsletter/nl-001.asp
MATT.org (Mexicans & Americans Thinking Together-Foundation, Inc) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage bicultural Mexicans and Americans to understand, address and solve the major problems of our two nations to the benefit of both peoples. With more than 10,000 members in the United States and Mexico, MATT.org is one of the fastest growing Hispanic organizations in the U.S. Visit MATT at http://www.MATT.org.