We’re getting bigger. And bigger.
A note from VL leadership.
The Latino Voter
Here’s where and how Latino voters can shape 2016.
Latinos are the second fastest growing group of Americans. In fact, every 30 seconds, a Latino citizen turns 18. EVERY 30 SECONDS. That means that in 2016, there will be approximately 27.3 million eligible Latino voters in this country. Awesome, right? Yes, but here’s the thing. It’s not enough to be eligible to vote. You need to register. And we aren’t doing that as a community. In fact, in 2012, 41 percent of Latinos who were eligible to vote did not register. And, it’s worth mentioning that 18-29 year olds are the least likely to vote. The number crunchers say we’re cynical. Maybe we are, given that there’s been a lot of hateful and untrue comments made about our community in the last few years. But is the response to that really going to be nothing? We hope not, because between our size and the number of growing eligible voters, the power to change this is already ours. First step: Register today.
Local, state and national.
Latinos are in a position to impact local, state and national elections. And we should want to given that so many decisions that impact our community are made by state and local leaders, not just national ones. But many of us don’t even know how much of a difference we can make. For example, in key states like Arizona, Colorado and Florida 40 percent of eligible Hispanic voters aren’t even registered. Know someone who isn’t registered, yet? Send them this voter registration link.
In the general election.
The general election will most certainly be impacted by Latino voters. One report suggests that to win the White House, the Republican candidate will need 47% of the Latino vote — roughly twice the share that Mitt Romney is believed to have received in 2012. According to Pew, the GOP hasn’t hit that percentage since at least 1980. This show of political force, one that not only elects the next president, but goes on to help define which issues get addressed first, starts with voting. So, please, for the future of this country, one where we will be the largest minority, register today and vote on November 8, 2016.
The Latino Voter
By The Numbers
Number of Latinos who turn 18 each year
Projected number of eligible Latino voters in 2016
Projected percentage of all eligible voters in 2016 who are Latino