Most Common Myths and Misconceptions about Registering to Vote, Debunked 

Voting is one of the best aspects of being part of a democratic society. According to the Census, “the 2020 presidential election had the highest voter turnout of the 21st century, with 66.8% of citizens 18 years and older voting in the election.” Although these numbers reside at an all time high, it is important to stay informed and knowledgeable about common myths and misconceptions about registering to vote. In order to keep these numbers high, let’s debunk these common misconceptions! 

Myth #1: “Registering to vote takes too long”

What do registering to vote and brushing your teeth have in common? They both take 2 minutes to complete! Making your voice heard as you register to vote is a speedy process that only takes 2 minutes to complete. DUSA aims at making the process one that is enjoyable and smooth. 

Myth #2: “I must go in person to register to vote”

Registering to vote has never been easier! When you use our online voter registration tool, you can start and complete your application in just a few minutes all from the comfort of your home! Register to vote here: (https://bit.ly/DUSARegister

Myth #3: “I am 16, I can’t register to vote”

When you’re 16, you can pre-register to vore. You will be able to vote once you’re 18 on or after election day. Pre-registration is quick and easy!

To register to vote in New York City, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be a New York resident for at least 30 days
  • And be at least 16 years old (you must be 18 on Election Day to vote. 

 Encourage the teens in your life to pre-register to vote using this link: https://dominicanosusa.org/pre-voter-registration/ 

 Myth #4: “I need a driver’s license to register to vote”

Don’t worry if you don’t have a driver’s license, you don’t need it to register to vote! You can still register using a non-driver ID (for example, a state ID) If you don’t have a ID card, states will permit you to register using the last four digits of your social security number (SSN) 

 *Note – some states such as Hawaii, South Carolina, Tennessee, New Mexico, Virginia and Kentucky require your full SSN. 

Myth #5: “Once I register to vote, I am set for all future elections” 

Even after you’ve registered to vote in the past, it is important to make sure your registration is up to date. If you have failed to vote in multiple elections, it is possible that your information may be erased from the system. You can check your voter registration here (https://dominicanosusa.org/registration-status-lookup/

Voting is one of the greatest benefits of being part of the United States, take full advantage of it by registering to vote! 

DUSA is the largest Dominican-American civic engagement organization in the US. Over 170,000 voters registered and mobilized since 2014.

DUSA Attends Dominican Heritage Night at the Barclays Center

DUSA Attends Dominican Heritage Night at the Barclays Center

DUSA Attends Dominican Heritage Night at the Barclays Center
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The Dominican American National Foundation awards the DANF Blue Flame of Achievement Award to honor local community leaders and organizations working to advance and integrate Latinos into American society. Dominicanos USA attended the event as DANF honorees, in recognition of the work they do and how it has impacted the Dominican community. Eddie Cuesta, National Executive Director of DUSA, was there to receive the award on behalf of the organization.

The DUSA team also participated and engaged with the Dominican Heritage Night attendees. The team registered eligible citizens to vote, with the goal of further integrating Dominicans into American society.

 By: Dinahlee Pena

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Developing Meaningful Connections with Our Heritage and Homeland

Developing Meaningful Connections with Our Heritage and Homeland

On Monday, May 23 rd 2017, Dominicanos USA (DUSA) collaborated with AJC (American Jewish Committee) to host a summit that featured DUSA, the Consul General of the Dominican Republic, the Consul General of Mexico, and the Consul of Israel in hopes of developing meaningful connections with their heritage and country of origin. The summit was aimed to connect with organizations that can strengthen bilateral relations between the United States and Dominican Republic among other nations. DUSA took the initiative to bring together representatives from the different organizations and people like Congressman Adriano Espaillat, the first Dominican descended person to be elected to U.S. Congress, among some prominent leaders. We believe making connections with organizations like the American Jewish Committee can benefit from several initiatives that Dominicanos USA can model. The four groups that participated in the summit, Dominican, Israel, Jewish, and Mexican, are examples of immigrant groups in the United States that are growing rapidly. Thus, the collaboration of these four groups for this event is monumental in bridging bonds not only within our Dominican community but also with other groups who share similar plights. This can lead to more global trade, more capital opportunities, and future projects between these groups.

Dominicanos USA advocates for the socio-economic and civic development of people of Dominican descent. One of our goals is also empower our participants to become advocates in advancing U.S. – Dominican relations and this is possible through a series of political empowerment workshops. This summit was vital to continuing the conversation with government officials, media figures, and other influential thinkers who have aligning interests in bettering the Dominican community at the global level. The summit marks the first-step forward in building bridges of cooperation between Dominicans, Dominican-Descended people, and non– Dominicans interested in the well-being of the Dominican community at large.

The May 23 rd summit was highlighted by the president of Dominicanos USA Manuel Matos and was joined by moderator Dina Siegel Vann (Director, Arthur and Rochelle Belfer Institute for Latino and Latin American Affairs), Dani Dayan (Consul General of Israel), Diego Gomez Pickering (Consulate General of Mexico in New York), and Carlos A. Castillo (Consulate General of Dominican Republic in New York). The honorary keynote address was presented by Dominican New York Congressman Adriano Espaillat. The event highlights the potential bonds Dominicans can utilize which can further the agendas or needs of the Dominican community and overall Latino/a diaspora. Therefore, a lot can be learned from communicating with different cultures to help identify the best practices for building stronger ties between individuals and their country of birth.

DUSA on the Hill

DUSA on the Hill

25It was a sunny DC morning that welcomed 30 Dominicanos USA team members, including directors, organizers, canvassers and captains.  DUSA traveled to our nation’s capital in order to discuss the tremendous impact of our voter education and registration work with elected officials who represent the communities we work in.  We had the privilege of meeting with legislators such a Sen. Jack Reed (RI), David Cicilline (RI), Rep. Jose Serrano (NY), Rep. Charles Rangel (NY), Rep. Nydia Velasquez (NY), Rep. Albio Sires (NY) and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (IL). (more…)

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