"Adios Arpaio" rally held to start voter drive

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX (AP) -- Several hundred activists and union officials have spread out across Latino neighborhoods in metropolitan Phoenix to register voters in an effort to prevent the re-election of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

The group included about 50 young people and union leaders who took a bus from Los Angeles to participate in an "Adios Arpaio" rally in Phoenix on Saturday. Organizer Daria Ovide (Dar-EE-uh Oh-VUH'-day) says the weekend-long effort to register voters is part of an effort to register tens of thousands of voters before the November election.

The group objects to Arpaio's strong anti-illegal immigrant positions and his support for the state's tough new law targeting illegal immigrants, SB1070.