What November Means for the GOP, Democrats and Hispanic Communities?
By: S. Pittman
June 18th, 2018
With upcoming district runoffs taking place all around the state of Georgia in July and the General Elections taking place around the country in November, voting has never seemed more vital. Many would argue that we are living in a time of division. From partisan Washington, to back at home, where debates surrounding immigration, DACA, and refugee settlement policy only reaffirm that we are living in a time where the middle ground isn’t necessarily illustrated through our bodies of government.
However, with many issues at stake, it begs the question-what do the numbers say about who is going to turn out in November to vote?
According to the Pew Research’s Gustavo Lopez and Renee Stepler, the number of eligible Latino voters in the state of Georgia has only increased over the years. Pew Research found that “the number of Latinos registered to vote has nearly tripled since 2004: It rose from 34,000 during the 2004 presidential election to 111,000 during the 2012 presidential election and now stands at 127,000.” While Hispanics only make up a little more than 3% of the Georgia voter population, we have reason to be hopeful for the civic engagement the Hispanic population in Georgia will bring in the future. Pew Research found that “there are 291,000 Hispanic eligible voters in Georgia—the 14th largest Hispanic statewide eligible voter population nationally.”
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