Latino leaders are canvassing immigrant neighborhoods in swing states to make sure Latinos are aware of the impact they could have on Election Day. Diane Hodges reports.
(nat of katy perry singing "roar") The Katy Perry song is considered an anthem for women's rights, but some say it could also be the theme song for Latinos. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JULIO COLMENARES, AN ACTIVIST IN THE LATINO COMMUNITY, SAYING: "In this particular election, this year, whoever gets in office, it's gonna be because of the Latino vote, for sure." Latino leaders have been working hard to make sure Latino voters realize that they could have a huge impact on the presidential election in swing states. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ASTRID CHIRINOS, CHIEF DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE OF THE LATIN AMERICAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, SAYING: "Right now, we have about 300,000 Latinos in North Carolina that could move the needle incredibly and they don't even know it." Hispanic voters have been turning out in record numbers in areas that allow early voting. Some leaders say the anti-immigrant rhetoric in this year's presidential campaign has driven many Latinos into the voting booths. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ARTURO VARGAS, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF NALEO, SAYING: "If history is any indication, we know that during periods of anti-immigrant sentiment, that that has served to be a motivating factor for Latinos to participate." This year, a record 27 million Latinos are eligible to vote. Activists have been going door-to-door in many minority neighborhoods, hoping to make sure that their voice is heard...at full volume. (nat of katy perry singing "roar")