Viva The Vote! launches campaign to register 75K new voters

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More than a dozen groups with the shared goal of registering new voters have joined forces to form One Arizona.  (Source: KPHO/KTVK) More than a dozen groups with the shared goal of registering new voters have joined forces to form One Arizona.  (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

With a tight presidential election and key congressional and local races up for grabs in Arizona, a coalition of Hispanic groups is trying to register tens of thousands of new voters before the November election. 

The movement could be one of the most significant political efforts in Arizona this year, potentially to affecting the outcome of races all across the state. 

But first, they'll have to convince 75,000 people to register over the next two months, a huge undertaking by any measure.  

"It's a collaborative effort and that way we come together because we  truly know one organization can't do the work by itself but united we strongly believe we can get to that," said Eduardo Sainz, who works for Mi Familia Vota Arizona.  

Sainz's organization is one of more than a dozen groups that joined forces to form One Arizona

Independently, each of these organizations has already registered a total 22,000 new (mostly Hispanic) voters. 

That leaves them more that 50,000 short of their goal -- meaning One Arizona will have to sign-up more than 800 new voters every day to reach its goal before the Oct. 10 registration deadline. 

The campaign is officially a non-partisan effort, meaning it's not endorsing any candidates or issues. 

Those involved say they are targeting  Latino voters to elect candidates who reflect their values. 

If it's successful, that could spell bad news for candidates such as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. 

Polls suggest both races are tight, and both Trump and Arpaio are unpopular with Hispanics because of their hard-line immigration positions. 

Talk of increasing Hispanic turnout is nothing new in Arizona. But historically, Latino voters have made up a small percentage (17 percent in 2012) of the electorate. 

For that reason, there is a healthy amount of skepticism that One Arizona can hit its goal. 

"By their own acknowledgment, getting this done in any time would be historic; getting it done in a very compressed amount of time is nearly impossible," said Stan Barnes, a Republican political consultant. 

Vote registration is available online at ServiceArizona.com.

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