Several grassroots organizations are working together to register voters in City Heights and make sure that refugees and newcomers get the support they need for civic participation.
"When you first approach people, especially people in communities of color, they are like, 'My vote is not going to count,' " said Sarah Saez, policy and program director at United Taxi Workers of San Diego. "So I think there is a huge opportunity to show them that it does."
The organizations taking part in the nonpartisan effort, called The People's Voters Table, include United Taxi Workers of San Diego, Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans and Mid-City Community Advocacy Network. The groups are focusing on registering refugees and people of color.
"City Heights could be a huge player and already was," Saez said. "We doubled the vote in the last election from the primary to the runoff."