Dec 10, 2013
Millions of Latinos May Kiss Their Votes Goodbye
Posted on Sep 25, 2012
Laws recently enacted in several states where minority votes could swing the election may prevent up to 10 million eligible Latino voters from casting their ballots this November, a new study shows.
Republican legislators say laws such as those requiring people to present photo IDs at the polls are intended to protect the election process against voter fraud. But as Eugene Robinson recently wrote in a column on Truthdig:
The specter of in-person voter fraud is just that—a ghost of the kind children’s stories are made of, which conservatives can assail in the puffed-up, heroic-sounding language of electoral “integrity” in order to frighten Americans into supporting measures that disenfranchise their fellow citizens. The voting problem, Robinson goes on to say, is that too few Americans vote, and that elected leaders are championing the effort to undercut those Americans’ constitutional right to participate in the electoral process.
The study released Monday, titled “Segregating American Citizenship: Latino Voter Disenfranchisement in 2012,” says governments in 23 states, including Pennsylvania, Florida and Colorado, are creating photo ID requirements or matching state driver’s license databases to federal immigration registers to look for potential problems. Although voter turnout among Latinos has been notoriously low, President Obama’s support of issues favored by them, including a challenge to Arizona’s controversial immigration law and an executive order of policies similar to those contained in the Dream Act, could make the difference in what is shaping up to be a closely contested election.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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