2012 is gearing up to be a banner year for Latinos, as it seems that America might finally be coming to grips with the significance of our numbers in deciding the future of this country in the coming elections.
Whether or not we, as a community, have yet to internalize this power is another matter. In spite of a seeming increase in awareness of the importance of participating in the electoral process, the reality is that of the approximately 22 million Latinos who are elegible to vote, over 10 million has not registered.
Even worse, the results of the US Census Bureau Current Population Survey, Voting and Registration in 2010 showed a significant national decline in Latino voter registration in 2009-2010.
This downward trend should be a pressing concern for all of us, as participating in the elections has a direct impact on our lives, our local communities, the country… and the future of democracy.
So tonight, we’ll raise our voices to rock the vote!
In celebration of our new partnership with the Ya Es Hora Campaign, our friends from @Univision and @Yaeshora2102 will join us to discuss the importance of the Latino Vote, share info and resources on how to register as a voter, and explore ideas on what can be done to reverse the voter registration trends and get more Latinos to the ballots this year!
- Will the downward voter participation trend continue in 2012?
- Do you think the anti-immigrant climate in some states will affect voter turn-out? How so?
- Online Latinos are obviously well-informed about the importance of voting. What are viable ways to drive this message down to Latinos who are not online?