Southwest demands an Apology
As president of Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP), I take strong issue with the irresponsible public accusations made by your campaign strategist, Kam Kuwata, in the May 7 Los Angeles Times article entitled "Group’s Voter Registration is Questioned." These accusations are patently false, and I demand that your campaign reprimand Mr. Kuwata for his false statements and your campaign issue an immediate apology to SVREP and to the hundreds of volunteers who work tirelessly to empower Latinos at the voting booth.
SVREP, a national non-partisan, non-profit organization, has a sterling reputation of empowering Latinos and other underrepresented communities. Your strategist’s statements display either an ignorance of basic voter registration techniques or demonstrate a bias against empowering Latinos to make their own voting decisions.
As a long-time political operative, Mr. Kuwata should know that you cannot register voters by telephone. SVREP, with over 30 years of registration experience, provides its voter registration project personnel with several hours of training, including specific instructions to register all persons, regardless of race, ethnicity, political affiliations or preferences, when they are out in the field conducting voter registration drives. SVREP staff rigorously monitors its voter registration projects on a daily and weekly basis.
SVREP also assisted the William C. Velasquez Institute (WCVI) in conducting a poll to determine the pulse of the Latino electorate on key election issues and preferences. WCVI sponsored a poll of recently registered Latino voters in Los Angeles. Latino voters were asked in sequence (1) whether they would be voting; (2) if they planned to vote by mail; and (3) for whom the registered voter intended to vote in the upcoming election.
Upon reading Mr. Kuwata’s charges, we launched an immediate investigation. We inspected the telephone database, provided to us from Political Data, Inc. and did not find Rolando Cuevas name in the database.
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