July 26, 2016
By Chris Cruz
Getting the Latino vote will be a challenge for either Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton — not because of the rhetoric of their campaigns but of the general process to vote.
Arturo Vargas, executive director of the NALEO Education Fund, which helps Latinos become involved in the political process, said there are 27.3 million eligible voters in the Latino community, and of those, 13.1 million are projected to vote in the upcoming election, which is a 30% increase from 2012.
Still, despite the increase, there remains a wide gap between those who are eligible and those who are registered to vote, which continues to be a problem in states like Texas, where voting ID laws have made it difficult for some Latinos to vote.
“The state of Texas ruled that a gun ID issued by the state is a valid voting license, but a student ID issued by the state of Texas is not,” Vargas said, in a press conference called “We Run, We Vote, We Decide: Latinos and Election 2016” held by the NALEO Education Fund.
Vargas was joined on the panel in Philadelphia on Tuesday morning by former 2008 presidential candidate Bill Richardson, Dr. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, a political scientist, Secretary of State of California Alex Padilla and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Latinos are not one-issue voters, which has been commonly though. This is why DeFrancesco Soto wrote in an op-ed written for NBC News on May 26 that Trump may get Latino voter support. She argues that while the majority of Latinos identify with the Democratic Party, some sizable chunks of Latino voters in swing states, like Florida, identify as independents, and may be swayed by Trump in this election.
Richardson also chided the Democratic Party for falling behind the Republican Party at times when it comes to Latino representation in positions of influence in government, saying that parties had to be held “accountable.”
Every month, 53,000 Latino millennials turns 18, with many of them being native born in the United States, which changes both racial demographics in the country but also voting demographics as the Latino population across the nation matures.
There are many which share the Latino and Jewish heritage, as has previously been reported among Puerto Rican and Cuban populations. There is also an active and large group of Mexican Jews, most of which live in Mexico City. The 2010 Census counted that there were 67,476 individuals of Mexican and Jewish heritage.
Source: Jewish Political News & Updates