Hispanic vote expected to affect future election

The Hispanic vote is expected to have a tremendous influence on this year’s presidential election due to a dramatic increase of Latino voters in the country,  Hispanic journalists recently said at a panel session.

“Every month, 50,000 Hispanics become capable to vote,” Univision anchor Maria Elena Salinas said. “Every 30 seconds, a Hispanic in the United States turns 18 years old.”

Salinas was one of three panelists who participated in a discussion about the importance of the Latino vote in the November election. The event, sponsored by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the School of Communication, drew an audience of about 25 students on Friday night in Shoma Hall. The other panelists included popular Miami radio personality Julio Cesar Camacho and Dominican journalist Dario Mendrano, who participated via Skype from Santo Domingo.

The moderator was Natalia Crujeiras, the director of broadcast operations at the School of Communication.

In 2008, nearly 10 million Hispanics voted in the presidential election that brought Barack Obama into office, according to Pew Research Center.

This year, that number is expected to increase, with about 12 million Hispanics already registered and an estimated 8 million more who are not yet registered.

Though Hispanics now make up the largest minority ethnic group, they haven’t always turned out to vote in such high numbers in past elections.

“Sometimes Hispanics decide not to vote because they come from countries where there is no functional voting system and others don’t register because they feel their voice won’t be heard,” said Salinas. “There are millions of Latinos in this country; we can make the difference.”

Chavez suggested that the Hispanic vote this time could play a key role in helping Obama win re-election.

“The Democratic Party has demonstrated more interest in the Hispanic vote, as opposed to the Republican Party, which continues to reject this ethnic group and not realize the importance the Cuban-American vote is to win the elections,” he said.

One UM student who attended the panel discussion says Hispanics have a chance to be heard this November.

“It presents a really difficult situation when families are separated due to immigration circumstances,” said Stephanie Salees. “The only way to let them know that we are important as a community is by showing the importance of our vote.”

February 19, 2012


Cinthya Karen

2 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Hispanic vote expected to affect future election”

  1. Arturo Cortez says:

    I take this time to write this position on American National politics in Spanish as the first European language on the new world.
    February 19, 2012
    By Arturo Cortez B/A
    Colegio Cesar Chávez

    La Política Norteña Norte Americana

    Para mi amigo, Barack Obama y,

    A los padres de niños de crianza, aquellos quien le enseñan a los niños ajenos a rezare, les mando mis gracias, yo también tengo el orgullo de ver sido el maestreo en la mesa de cenar onde la armonía del “Padre Nuestro” domina nuestro ser, apuntando para a delante a el futuro de lo que somos, como los desendeants de las primeras colonias Europanas Americanas en el Norte de Norte America, como una gente Americana Norteña y civilizada bajo la orden social cultural de Nueva España en el mundo nuevo que tuvo su principio en 1519 estableciendo las rutas emigrantes a el Norte para establecer la fundación de lo que somos a hoy como la gente Norteña Europana original de los Estados Unidos de Norte Americana, y eso que nunca nos negamos de ser de aquí o del otro lado? Un ídolo hija que busca su resolución en la huella que dejo el guarache al tiempo que cada uno, izo su lonche. La historial de la colonización del Norte no esta completa, y busca, su posición en un mundo globalizado, humanitario y democrático en este, nuestro tiempo.
    La solución a las batías políticas del congreso en los Estados Unidos es una que existe en una vos política como tercer partido unido a, representar toda al gente Norteña Americana. Es por eso que yo le pido a mi gente y a nuestros estudiantes progresivos de nuestros Estados Unidos que estudien el modo de organizar una organización política que represente los valores reservados para una nación unida, democrática y Norte Americana.
    Mi opinión política es así; de los candidatos Norteños este año en la elección General para Presidente de los Estados Unidos.
    • Partido Republicano, Mitt Romney; “un perico sin nido o, dirección”
    • Partido Republicano, Newt Gingrich; “perdido en la realidad de ayer”
    • Partido Republicano, Rick Santorum; “idoloxia simplistica”
    • Partido Republicano, Ron Pual; “idoloxia simple mente nacionalista”
    • Parido Democrático, Barack Obama “Un Hombre de nuestro tiempo, sincero y realista,”
    La razón por que yo soporto a Barack Obama para presidente es que todos los candidatos Republicanos, miden su estatura en comparación a nuestro Presidente Barack Obama. Es posible que Barack Obama ya gano el voto republicano en Noviembre simple mente por que el no reponed al los ataques políticos de los republicaos, esto indica que los candidatos republicanos no saben que tan larga esta la vara de mi Amigo Barack Obama.
    Arturo Cortez….

  2. BallotBook says:

    What can be done to increase voter turnout and political engagement among Hispanics?

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