NEW YORK, June 25, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following a successful first year as the nation's first and only voter registration, mobilization, and education organization geared towards Dominican American voters, Dominicanos USA (DUSA) on Thursday revealed it had registered more than 75,000 Dominican Americans in their first year of voter registration efforts, tripling the number of registrants since the organization's launch last year.
DUSA also unveiled the findings of a groundbreaking political research project and focus groups on Dominican-American political perceptions and attitudes. The poll was conducted in partnership with Latino Decisions, a top Latino political opinion and research firm. The top findings include:
"This first-of its kind, ground-breaking research commissioned by DUSA and executed by Latino Decisions, comes at the perfect time for our organization to prioritize and maximize our resources in order to educate and mobilize Dominican Americans on the issues they care most about," said Manuel Matos, attorney, community leader, and DUSA board member who serves as the group's spokesperson. "It also gives us an opportunity to continue learning the best and most effective ways to communicate to this vital and potentially powerful community who is hungry for better and more robust advocacy and help in navigating the democratic process so they can become full fledged participants in civic life."
The survey findings, coupled with the unprecedented 75,000 voters DUSA has already registered in the last year, underscore the potential that exists for Dominican-American voters to become much more involved in local, state, and national elections.
"DUSA is answering this call to elevate the voice of Dominicans and we recognize that the work does not end with voter registration alone. We look forward to engaging many more Dominican American voters, helping them become the architects of their own futures and that of their families in this great country," said Matos.
"According to the study, wages, jobs and the economy, education, and housing are the top issues of critical importance to our community, which underscores the misperception that Latino communities are only concerned with issues of immigration," said Eddie Cuesta, DUSA's New York State Director. "Moving forward, DUSA is committed to helping the community find meaningful ways of having their voices heard on these issues, and of holding their elected officials accountable to fully represent their community."
Natalia Rosa, DUSA's Rhode Island State Director noted that, "The research has presented a new lens through which we can understand both barriers and opportunities for our community in Rhode Island and New York. DUSA is committed to expanding this operation to ensure more Dominican American voters in feel like they have a seat at the table in our democratic process."
About Dominicanos USA: Dominicanos USA is a 501C-3 non-profit and nonpartisan organization that seeks to empower, educate and mobilize Dominican American voters. We are the first ever Dominican-American Voter model to yield more than 75,000 registered voters in America.
SOURCE Dominicanos USA