Actor Wilmer Valderrama is urging young Latino voters to “take out the trash” in next week’s midterm elections.
“You gotta clean your house, and we have to clean The House,” TV’s Fez from “That ’70s Show” told Fusion.
He’s encouraging Latinos to cast their ballots for all those who don’t have the right to suffrage.
“You wanna share the American Dream? You gotta vote!”
The actor-turned-activist said he partnered with VotoLatino after playing the role of an undocumented immigrant who worked in a slaughterhouse in the 2004 film “Fast Food Nation.”
“That’s the moment when I realized maybe I have to have some real opinions about things,” he said. “That’s the moment when I decided to have a real opinion as opposed to playing politically correct.”
VotoLatino, a non-partisan organization founded a decade ago by Maria Teresa Kumar and actress Rosario Dawson, says it’s registered nearly a quarter-million voters and reached millions more through their media campaigns.
“We are strong, and if we come out, especially in these midterm elections, which are vitally important for the issues that really affect us locally, we can own this election,” Dawson told Fusion during a recent VotoLatino conference in San José, California.
Latino voters could influence 18 Senate and gubernatorial races in next month’s elections.
Latinos have the numbers to swing the elections in Colorado, Kansas, Alaska, Georgia, North Carolina and Iowa, according to a poll and Census data analysis by Latino Decisions.
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