Rosario Dawson Encourages Young Latinos to Vote

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Rosario Dawson is not just a pretty face. Rather than being one of those celebrities who simply lends her name and likeness to a cause, Rosario is putting her time and energy where her mouth is: in this case, to raise awareness for her nonprofit organization Voto Latino.

Rosario, accompanied by her DJ boyfriend Mathieu Schreyer, went to Washington, DC on Tuesday to help promote voter participation within the Latino community. "I decided I'm not going to be working at all through the fall," the actress—who'll next appear on screen in Eagle Eye with Shia LaBoeuf and Seven Pounds with Will Smith—told People. Instead, she plans to work at voter drives across the country sponsored by her non-profit Voto Latino.

"We're targeting the Latin youth vote," said Rosario. "There's 18 million [people who] are eligible. But we are not showing that up in votes. So our numbers aren't counting. When you actually work with local organizations, that makes the biggest impact, and that's what I want to be a part of." Rosario admits that at one point she was a member of the non-voting Latino youth, and didn't vote for president until 2004, the same year she started Voto Latino.

"The reason why I co-founded Voto Latino is because of my mom," she told the crowd in DC. "It's because of my grandmother. It's because I was raised to do it yourself. You want that to be better? You do it yourself."

It's great to see a starlet passionate about something other than skinny jeans and the latest fad diet. We hope Rosario and her fellow Voto Latino spokespersons (including Wilmer Valderamma) succeed in getting young Latinos excited about the upcoming election.

Fired up and ready to go? Get yourself ready for Decision 2008 right here at Latina.com by taking our election polls and reading about the important issues.

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