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Local Advocacy Groups Encourage Diverse Voters to Show Up at Polls

Ahead of Tuesday's midterm election, advocacy groups called for diverse communities to vote. 

"Separate is not going to work. We have to all put our shoulders to the will collectively and we can get the work done," said Marsha Mockabee, president of the Urban League of Greater Cleveland.

Mockabee joined representatives from Asian Services in Action (ASIA), Inc., NAACP Cleveland and HOLA Ohio, a Northeast Ohio Latino organization.

Earlier this year, HOLA started a non-partisan voter registration project that included more than 100 volunteers. 

"I felt that this was the most important way that we could register our voice with our government and have our concerns taken into account," said Victoria Dahlberg, executive director of HOLA. 

Immigration is a significant topic of discussion this election season and it is particularly meaningful to Susana Chavez from HOLA.

Chavez is a Lake Erie College student with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.

She is not eligible to vote, but she stands with like-minded friends, such as Deisy Cisneros, who does have the power to vote.

"Every time I see her I think about her future and I feel within my vote I can help her complete her dreams," said Cisneros.

HOLA's voter registration project registered more than 1000 new voters in Ohio. 

Gabriel Kramer is a reporter/producer and the host of “NewsDepth,” Ideastream Public Media's news show for kids.