Friday, October 15, 2010

Latino Voters Apathetic? Not in Arizona

Posted By on Fri, Oct 15, 2010 at 8:00 PM

According to a Pew Hispanic Center poll released Oct. 5 that you can read here, Latino voters "appear to be less motivated than other voters." But according to One Arizona, charged this election season with registering and increasing the number of Hispanic voters in the state, a Rocky Mountain poll shows 73 percent of Hispanic voters are expected to vote early and head to the polls on Nov. 2 in Arizona.

The Range talked to Tania Márquez with One Arizona who confirmed the organization, with help from partners like Border Action Network, registered more than 22,000 Latino voters throughout Arizona, and put more than 42,000 Latino voters on the early ballot list.

Here's a snippet from the Public News Service or you can read the full story here:

A new survey from the Pew Hispanic Center characterizes Latino voters as "less motivated" to cast a ballot this fall than voters in general. Only half the Latinos surveyed said they were absolutely certain they'll vote. But Tania Marquez of the One Arizona coalition says a new Rocky Mountain Poll shows that's not the case here, in the state she describes as "ground zero" of the immigration debate.

"At least 73 percent of Latinos — of registered voters, Hispanics in Arizona — are strongly planning to vote this November."

Marquez says 80 percent of Latino voters contacted in the One Arizona voter registration drive say they're motivated to vote by their opposition to Arizona's controversial immigration law known as SB 1070, as well as other anti-immigrant legislation.

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