First new citizens, then new voters

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Democratic Party volunteers staged a voter registration drive this morning at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The grassroots political group Organizing for America-California urged newly naturalized immigrants to fill out registration forms as they left a citizenship ceremony.

Volunteer Karen Rasmussen of L.A. says she’s often seen Republican activists outside naturalization ceremonies with the same goal: preparing new Americans to cast ballots in November's California midterm election.

“At least with the group here today, we’re very respectful of each other. We want them to be here just as much as we want to be here because it’s important that both sides are involved and yes, we represent one side but we’re not trying to get into disagreements or fights are anything. We respect that they’re here. They respect that we’re here.”

Organizing for America-California says it collected about 200 voter registration forms today.