On the Growing Latino Vote

By Will Roseliep

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Feb. 24, 2012
 
BOSTON — The latest TIME Magazine cover story says Latino voters will cast the deciding votes in 2012 elections.
 
People got excited about the cover story, said Marcela Garcia, managing editor of the newspaper El Planeta: "It's a sense of pride, it's a sense of yes, they're finally recognizing our power."

 

In Boston, Latinos comprise 17.5 percent of the population — a major potential voting bloc. Garcia said that even Latinos who don't vote tend to be very civically active.
 
"The fact that we don't vote doesn't mean that we're not going to have an influence in people that actually vote. So, the more that we talk about it, the more that we get involved, I think the numbers of Latino people that can vote is going to increase," she said.
 
Nationwide, 9.7 million Hispanic voters voted in the 2008 presidential election (source). That number is expected to grow significantly in years ahead, and contribute to a significant shift in political influence.
 
> > Extra: The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials projects 12.2 million Latino voters this November.



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