LATINO VOTER ENTHUSIASM DOWN

By ktrh News Radio

Number of Hispanic Voters Declines While Population Grows
U.S. Census Bureau data shows that voter participation isn’t keeping up with population growth among Hispanics.

According to the data, the number of registered Hispanic voters declined by 700,000 between 2008 and 2010, despite a surge in the overall Hispanic population during the same period.  That was greater than the typical dropoff for a non-Presidential election year.

Linda Vega is a Houston-based immigration attorney and the founder of the group Latinos Ready to Vote, which seeks to register Latinos based on conservative issues, has seen this trend first-hand.  She tells KTRH that in recent years, more Latinos have told her they simply aren’t interested in voting and don’t think it will make a difference in their lives.  Vega adds that many in the Hispanic population are simply tired of politics.

She tells Latinos to start thinking for themselves; “Look at the issues you’re going to vote for that are going to affect your family…look at those issues and not just this hate rhetoric that’s being espoused out there by candidates.”

Vega also blames the Obama Administration for turning off many Hispanic voters with its lack of action on immigration reform.  She adds, “I know people don’t want to hear that, but immigration touches on the lives of Latinos, in that they may know someone affected by it…a family member.”

This story appeared on the ktrh New Radio website on Friday 5/3/12

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