The Monitor recently reported on a group of ten nonprofit organizations in the Rio Grande Valley that have banded together to increase voter turnout in the November elections.

“We’re going to change the culture of the Valley because we need change and the only way that will happen is through our vote,” one of the coalition coordinators said.

The group, recognizing the importance of getting people in isolated communities to vote, plan to reach out to voters through phone calls, mail, and community walks. The coalition hopes to increase voter turnout by 10% in a county with some of the lowest turnout rates in Texas. In 2008, only 43.2% of registered voters in the county turned out, compared to a statewide 59.3%. The coalition will also host voter education seminars and two candidates forums next month.

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