According to CNN, Latinos are the fastest growing minority, making up 16% of the nation’s population. In 2012, 71% voted for Barack Obama and 27% voted for Mitt Romney. One might think that all politicians would pay attention to this fast-growing minority group.
Not true, according to Christian Grose, a political scientist at the University of Southern California, and graduate student Matthew Mendez sent emails to 1,871 legislators in 14 states with large Latino populations.
They sent e-mails asking the politicians what kind of documentation they needed to vote. They randomly assigned legislators to get the emails, but some emails came from a “white-sounding” name, and others came from a “latino-sounding” name.
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I have serious doubts about this report. I think the Latino vote was highly sought after by the democrats in the last pres. election. I am from Miami.
You have a right to your opinion. The study occurred in 14 states – not sure which ones. I’m not sure if Florida was included. Here are some articles about the study:
Apparently I did not get the gist of your statement. It is very true that the Republican/conservatives did all that they could to interfere with voting rights, particularly affecting minorities, specifically gerrymandering, manipulating districts. I agree that they ( I reiterate the Republicans) sought to interfere with voting rights. I don’t believe that the Democratic party did this, it would certainly not have been to their advantage. Thank you.
Right. The host makes the point that the Republicans who favor voter ID laws were the ones least likely to respond to people with a Latino-sounding name.
He said that Democrats responded more equally, whether the e-mail came from a person with an Anglo-sounding name or Latino-sounding name.