Press Release

November 21, 2022


Somos Votantes Renews Call Urging Democratic National Committee To Make Nevada First-In-The-Nation Presidential Primary

2022 Midterm Results Strengthen Nevada’s Case As Working Families, Including Hardworking Latinos, Deliver for Democrats Despite Challenging Political Environment

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Somos Votantes, a Latina-led civic engagement organization dedicated to empowering the next generation of Latinos, issued the following statements renewing its call to make Nevada the first-in-the-nation presidential primary and urging the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to select Nevada ahead of a pivotal December 1st meeting of the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee:

“Even in the toughest of political climates, Nevada’s working families, especially hardworking Latinos, continue to deliver for Democrats,” said Melissa Morales, Executive Director of Somos Votantes. “There is no greater argument for Nevada to become the first presidential primary than the one voters in the state just made by delivering the Senate for Democrats, re-electing the first and only Latina to the U.S. Senate, electing the first Latino to serve as Nevada’s Secretary of State and more. No other state is uniquely prepositioned like Nevada to continue delivering for Democrats. It’s time to make Nevada the first-in-the-nation primary.”

“The state that goes first matters now more than ever,” said Cecia Alvarado, Nevada Executive Director for Somos Votantes. “Choosing a Democratic presidential nominee should begin in a state that looks like the rest of our country, a state that helps create real momentum among key groups like Latinos and sets the tone for the contests that follow. That's why it's so important for that state to be Nevada.”

Somos Votantes launched in 2019 and has become one of the largest independent Latino voter organizations in the country. Somos has been outspoken about the need for Nevada to vote first in the Democratic primary calendar. The state’s growing Latino population makes it an ideal location for candidates to hone their messaging to this critical demographic that proved decisive in the midterm elections.