Las Vegas Dreamer hopes Nevada will be blue
LAS VEGAS — Dulce Martinez started knocking on doors at 6 a.m. local time Tuesday morning in the east side Latino neighborhoods, encouraging those in the community who had not yet cast their ballots to do so.
Thirteen hours later, Martinez, 22, a volunteer with Mi Familia Vota, a Latino nonprofit advocacy group, had knocked on 266 doors and was crossing her fingers, hoping her efforts would pay off.
Besides questions about mail in ballots and polling locations, many people Martinez spoke with also wanted to know how she voted.
Martinez, who immigrated to the United States when she was 3 years old, and was a recipient of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, better known as DACA. Though the Obama-era program — which Trump has tried to shut down — had shielded her and hundreds of thousands of other children, who were brought into the U.S. as children from deportation, she could not vote.
“So I would tell them there are many kids like me depending on people like you who can vote,” Martinez, who works as a caregiver, said as she waited in line to grab a late dinner from a food truck at Election Day watch party held on the city’s east side. “You can help protect our lives too.”
She’s not sure when all the votes will be tallied, or how many people she talked to on Tuesday went to cast their vote, but she’s hoping it’s enough to keep Nevada, a battleground state, in the blue.
All ballots have been secured in the warehouse with county police patrolling the facility all evening. The facility is also under 24-hour video surveillance.
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