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The Power of the Latino Community in the United States and Puerto Rico

The Latino vote has become a pivotal factor for many political candidates, including the presidency. Estimates from the U.S. Census and the rapid expansion of the population have created a tidal wave of activities aimed at attracting the Hispanic vote across the nation. Since 1990, 1.5 million Latinos have naturalized. There are 6.6 million registered Latino voters across the nation. In California, Texas, Florida, Illinois and New York, five key electoral states, Latinos have emerged as powerful allies for candidates seeking office.

Like any voting group, Latinos are not easily categorized and voting patterns neatly generalized. However, several major factors play out as key decision-making variables: one's point of origin, length of time in United States, and income levels. Although Latinos share a common history of Spanish colonialism and similar nation building, they differ in political processes and agendas. Despite having citizenship, Puerto Ricans can vote in a presidential election only if they live on the mainland and establish residency. Cuban-Americans are concentrated in South Florida and tend to be conservative. Mexican-American voting patterns are very issue-oriented, divided according to income levels and generation.

La Voz de la Comunidad: LULAC Civic Participation Efforts

The Future is in Your Hands : Vote November 6

The Future is in Your Hands : Vote November 6

If you want to make sure that Latinos are protected and active in the 2012 Elections... Get Involved in LULAC's Voter Registration Campaign!


Movimiento Hispano: A Latinos for Democracy Project

Movimiento Hispano: A Latinos for Democracy Project

Consider that at 50.5 million, the U.S. Latino population is already larger than the entire population of England and Spain. Latinos are not just large in population size, they have the double distinction of being the youngest and fastest-growing group in the nation... more...

Texas Redistricting

Texas Redistricting

The League of United Latin American Citizens, the oldest and largest Latino membership organization in the United States, filed suit today against the State of Texas challenging the manner in which redistricting for the United States House of Representatives, the State House of Representatives and the Texas State Board of Education have been drawn or will be drawn

Census 2010

Census 2010

View detailed population and housing data from the 2010 Census for each state..more...

News & Alerts

Nov 7, 2013

Virginia Latino Electorate Pivotal in State Elections

In this week’s Virginia race, the Latino community demonstrated that it is a powerful voting block and that candidates running for elected office would be well served to avoid anti-immigrant rhetoric which marginalizes Latinos. Read more.

Feb 27, 2013

On the Steps of the Supreme Court LULAC and Other Civil Rights Leaders Support the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Today, LULAC stands alongside civil rights leaders in support of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA), as the nation’s highest court hears arguments in Shelby County v. Holder, a case challenging the constitutionality of the VRA...

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