There is an estimated 58.1 million Latinos in the United States making up over 17 percent of the population. In 2060, it is estimated that the Latino population will increase 115 percent to some 119 million. An estimated 800,000Latinos turn 18 each year. 93% of Latino children are U.S. born citizens and eligible to vote. (Center for American Progress)
In the 2012 election, there were 13.7 Latinos registered to vote, however given that 23.3 million were eligible, this means 41percent (9.6) did not register. Our voice matters, and quite honestly, we are a major presence in the battleground(Swing) states like Colorado, Florida, Nevada, California, New York, New Mexico, Texas and Arizona. These are the states that pick presidents. Latinos are up for grabs. We have political power in the palms of our hands, why not use it?
In this nation of immigrants, the federal government and local law enforcement officers now work hand-in-glove to round up and deport the undocumented. And this isn’t just happening in Republican-controlled Arizona. Thanks to a program called Secure Communities, which requires local police to submit to federal authorities the fingerprints of anyone they suspect might be in the country illegally, that kind of cooperation is now standard operating procedure from sea to shining sea. The program was started at the end of 2008. We need to vote to PROTECT OUR FREEDOM.
Now I can quote thousands of statistics till we are all blue in the face, but the bottom line is that no matter what your political beliefs, we must vote so our voices can be heard. We have influence in the political process if we exercise it. We must still however be responsible with it. Reading up on the issues, the candidates, and researching the ballot is also the responsibility of the citizen voter and a responsibility that should not be taken lightly, because it is your voice, with the many others, in unison, that can change the direction of a community, state, nation, and even the world.
EVERYONE, EVERY CITIZEN, EVERY HUMAN BEING ELIGIBLE TO VOTE, SHOULD. Exercise your right and make a difference.