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Analysis: Breaking Down the Latino Vote

Analysis by Luz Zaragosa

Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2019


More than 29 million Latinos were eligible to vote nationwide in the 2018 midterm elections. But, according to a poll conducted by Latino Decisions for NALEO, 60%of all Latino voters had not been contacted to register to vote.

Many experts say the Latino population can be at risk to be ignored in future elections. Chiqui Cartagena, a Hispanic marketing expert, told The Hill that it is transparent to see how Latinos can be bypassed when elections are around the corner.

Both Democrats and Republicans are scared to speak to the Latino population because of their immigration status, some experts say. Latinos are simply ignored since they are being classified as disposition potential voters, so they are not been outreach, which creates fewer Latino voters.

The media portrays the majority of the Latino community as undocumented, which creates a bias. Cartagena said every year 800,000 Latinos in the country turn 18, which leads to an increase in voters.

Both Democrats and Republicans need to see the impact of the Latino vote in this country and need to create a good political system in the future since perhaps democracy may depend on how Latinos vote. 

The graphic above shows share of Latino voters in each state in the country as well as other statistics on the latino vote. Go ahead and click on the link below to access the slides that reflect the population for each state and its Latino share of voters.

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