Latino Influence

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November 14, 2012 by bibianamarisa

It is no secret that Latinos do not make up the majority of voters. Latinos made up 17% of voters this 2012 election, which is 2% more than the 2008 Presidential election. Although that is not a huge difference, the number of Latino voters are increasing nonetheless. This growth is most likely due to the fact that the Hispanic population has grown by 43% between 2000 and 2010.  In Georgia the number of eligible Latino voters increased by 181%. The majority of Latinos in Georgia, and the United of States in America, were backing Obama. Georgia was not a swing state this year, so no matter how many voted democrat, it would not have a direct effect on this election. However, if the majority of Latinos in Georgia did in fact vote democrat, then they could cause realignment in Georgia. If Georgia becomes realigned then Georgia will become a democratic state, much to the Latino population’s advantage.

 

On a negative note, the voter turnout could have been drastically better. There are many different theories as to why the Latino voter turnout is not where it needs to be. Some Hispanics refrain from voting because they feel as though neither of the parties represent them enough. Some believe that they do not “respond to the needs of working class people” and that the government only responds to white collared workers and big businesses. Others believe that the age of eligible Latino voters have to do with the low turnout. Apparently, the majority of eligible Latino voters are younger than most of the population. Therefore, they are not fully informed of the importance of voting, especially if they have not received a college education. If more Latinos vote then the government will be able to support the needs of Latinos more. I believe that we can have a larger impact on society than we believe.

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