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
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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...
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
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Oct 21, 2014
Volunteer for the voter protection hotline or to poll monitor in Washington, DC, Maryland, or Virginia. Attend a panel on October 24.
Oct 10, 2014
U.S. District Court Invalidates Texas Voter ID Law and U.S. Supreme Court Prevents Wisconsin Voter ID Law From Being Enforced While It Considers Appeal..
Jul 8, 2014
Mobilization and education campaign Movimiento Hispano will have a special focus on increasing the number of naturalized citizens in addition to registering eligible voters, educating voters about key Latino issues, and mobilizing eligible voters to the polls.