I feel like the biggest challenge is the lack of knowledge of how to vote and where to find information about what’s on the ballot. It’s a continuous cycle in our Latinx community because many of our parents were born in other countries where they didn’t have a voice, or where the government was against them. And if you’ve seen the government in one way your whole life, you expect the same treatment. So my generation wasn’t provided with resources to learn about voting. And I feel like the education system is failing a lot of students of color in not providing that in the curriculum. So when they grow up and turn 18 years old and get that ballot in the mailbox, they’re just like, what the heck is this? Another way the education system is failing students of color is through the school to prison pipeline, which can eventually lead students to lose voting rights before the age of 18.
Another thing that affects the Latinx community is the language barrier. Especially back when I was young, there was not a lot of information available in Spanish, so how were my parents supposed to teach me about voting? Growing up, I struggled with this too, because sometimes it feels like you have to speak perfect English and have a big vocabulary to be able to participate and vote.