Every day in the United States, nearly 2,000 Latinos turn 18 and become eligible to vote. EVERY SINGLE DAY!! The latest projections foresee this powerful group of voters rising by 40% from 2012 to 2030 to 40 million eligible voters. In spite of this unbelievable growth, however, Latino voters are still an emerging, evolving, and highly disengaged, segment. In fact, according to Pew Research, of the country’s Bystanders — a term they use to define people with a lack of political engagement — nearly a third (32%) are Hispanic/Latino.
With the midterms elections around the corner, these numbers point to the need to step up efforts to get Latinos to the polls. At my next hangout, I’ll discuss the Latino vote with a group of people who are driving many of these efforts:
Erin Hustings, Senior Policy Analyst at NALEO Educational Fund
Héctor Sánchez Barba, Executive Director at LCLAA (Labor Council for Latin American Advancement) and the Chair at NHLA (National Hispanic Leadership Agenda)
Jessica Reeves, VP of Partnerships at Voto Latino
We’ll talk about the factors behind Latino disengagement; voting rights and the laws looking to disadvantage minority voters in the political process; and the steps that may be needed in order to mobilize Latinos into becoming fully engaged participants in the upcoming elections and beyond. Join us on Google + on July 15th at 7pm ET … and before then, send in your questions!