TODEC’s civic engagement work engages, educates, motivates, and builds electoral participation among immigrants, Latinos, young people, English learners, hard-to-reach, and new voters in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Through our bottom-up approach, we are organizing voters most impacted by budget cuts and deteriorating public services in support of systemic, progressive solutions to our region’s fiscal situation. Working together, and including those who are often left out of policy decisions, we believe that the people closest to the pain should be closest to the power.

To that end, we implement these various strategies to encourage our members to be civically engaged :





We are building a voting bloc of people and families of color to win policy victories, and hold leaders accountable and meet the aspirations of our communities. With our partners, we advance equity and justice for communities of color by advocating for immigrant, educational justice and other systems reforms.


We believe culture matters – especially in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. TODEC uses art, stories, and other cultural and communications strategies to shift public will toward embracing the rich diversity of the Inland Region and more equitable and just outcomes for all. We work with artists and a community of creatives to engage communities and help elevate the voices of underrepresented Latinos. TODEC’s Annual Festival Monarca y Feria Educativa, an educational, art, and music festival where we engage thousands of people on key issues while cultivating our traditions and culture. 

Get out the Vote

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Voting is an essential way to flex our power. TODEC mobilizes our neighbors to vote every opportunity we have to stand up and be heard at the polls. 

Visit us at TODEC and we will help you register (or pre-register) to vote, or you can register online today.

Are you 16 or 17 and excited to become a voter? You can pre-register to vote in California if you:

  • A United States citizen and a resident of California,
  • Not currently in state or federal prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony (for more information please see the Secretary of State’s Voting Rights: Persons with a Criminal History), and
  • Not currently found mentally incompetent to vote by a court (for more information, please see Voting Rights: Persons Subject to Conservatorship)
  • When you turn 18 years old, the county elections office will mail a confirmation postcard to you stating that your voter registration is now active.
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Census 2020

The Census is a cornerstone of American democracy. In the face of unprecedented challenges, our community must unite to protect the constitutional right to be counted and represented. That is why TODEC is leading efforts to make sure that all of our neighbors stand up and be counted during the 2020 Census. 

We serve on the Steering Committee of the Inland Empire Complete Count Committee and are leading door knocking efforts through the Census to engage our neighbors in the importance of participating.

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