Marks Largest Nationwide Bilingual Voter Protection Media Campaign
NEW YORK – Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading media company serving Hispanic America, today announced it is building on its voter engagement efforts by partnering with the Election Protection Coalition, the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition, to help ensure every voice and every vote is heard during the electoral process. The Fusion Media Group (FMG), a division of UCI, will also join the effort. The Election Protection Coalition is led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee) and represents 100+ organizations, including the NALEO Educational Fund, NCLR, LULAC, USHLI, TurboVote, Rock the Vote, Asian Americans Advancing Justice—AAJC, National Coalition for Black Civic Participation and a range of other organizations that work year-round to defend every American’s right to vote.
Earlier this year, UCI launched a comprehensive non-partisan voter engagement campaign, Vote For Your America, with the aim of increasing turnout for Hispanic, multicultural and millennial voters in the 2016 general election and preceding national primaries. Building on this unprecedented effort to mobilize people to register to vote, UCI and FMG are informing and empowering its audiences with information about voting rights by promoting the Election Protection Coalition’s hotlines across its broadcast, digital, social, radio and community empowerment platforms including the Univision Network, Galavisión, Univision Local Media, Univision Digital, FUSION, The Root and Onion Inc. The hotlines include 866-OUR-VOTE, led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and 888-Ve-Y-Vota, a bilingual Spanish language hotline led by the NALEO Educational Fund. In addition, UCI will co-host a series of educational voter protection workshops nationwide.
“Since UCI started more than half a century ago, our mission has been to empower the communities we serve on the most critical issues that affect their lives,” said Jessica Herrera-Flanigan, executive vice president of Government & Corporate Affairs. “This election year, we want all voters to have all the information they need to make their voices heard in November and that includes knowing their rights. By partnering with the Election Protection Coalition we’re able to give our community access to experts and resources so that they can cast their ballot.”
“America is more diverse than ever and the Fusion Media Group is committed to ensuring that those young, multicultural voters who make up the changing face of our country have a say at the ballot box. The partnership with the Election Protection Coalition will empower our audience with the information they need come November,” said Chad Boettcher, senior vice president of Social Impact at FUSION & managing director of Rise Up.
“The right to vote is the most important right in our democracy,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “We are proud to partner with Univision to ensure that the growing diversity we see across our nation is reflected at the polls on Election Day. The Election Protection program is dedicated to protecting the right to vote and ensuring that all communities are able to freely cast a ballot. The moment is now ¡Es el momento!”
About Univision Communications Inc.
Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) is the leading media company serving Hispanic America. The Company, a leading content creator in the U.S., includes Univision Network, one of the leading networks in the U.S. regardless of language and the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the country available in approximately 93% of U.S. Hispanic television households; UniMás, a leading Spanish-language broadcast television network available in approximately 87% of U.S. Hispanic television households; Univision Cable Networks, including Galavisión, the most-watched U.S. Spanish-language entertainment cable network, as well as UDN (Univision Deportes Network), the most-watched U.S. Spanish-language sports cable network, Univision tlnovelas, a 24-hour Spanish-language cable network dedicated to telenovelas, ForoTV, a 24-hour Spanish-language cable network dedicated to international news, and an additional suite of cable offerings – De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson and Telehit; Univision Television Group, which owns 59 television stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; digital properties consisting of online and mobile websites and apps, including Univision.com, the most visited Spanish-language website among U.S. Hispanics, Univision Now, a direct to consumer video service, Uforia, a music application featuring multimedia music content, The Root, the leading online news, opinion, and culture destination for African-Americans and a stake in The Onion, the nation’s leading comedy and news satire brand; and Univision Radio, the leading Spanish-language radio group in the U.S. which owns and operates 67 radio stations including stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico. UCI’s assets also include a minority stake in El Rey Network, a 24-hour English-language general entertainment cable network and a joint venture with Disney/ABC Television Network for Fusion, a 24-hour English-language news and lifestyle TV and digital network. Headquartered in New York City, UCI has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States. For more information, please visit corporate.univision.com.
About the Lawyers’ Committee
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. Formed over 50 years ago, we continue our quest of “Moving America Toward Justice.” The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law, particularly in the areas of fair housing and community development; employment; voting; education; and criminal justice. For more information about the Lawyers’ Committee, visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.
About Election Protection
Election Protection is the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition, led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Through its suite of hotlines and a dedicated team of trained legal and grassroots volunteers, Election Protection helps all American voters, including traditionally disenfranchised groups, gain access to the polls and overcome obstacles to voting. The coalition has more than 100 partners at the national, state and local levels and provides voter protection services nationwide. For more information about Election Protection and the 866-OUR-VOTE hotline, please visit www.866ourvote.org.