Latino Voters Could Impact Arizona Politics Sooner Than Expected

By Al Macias
Published: Friday, June 27, 2014 - 8:42am
Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014 - 9:04am
(Photo by Alexandra Olgin - KJZZ)
The Latino vote symposium took place at South Mountain Community College.

A growing Latino population in Arizona could impact the state’s political stage sooner than predicted. That was the discussion Thursday among political experts at a state-wide forum.

According to political analysts, as the Latino population grows in Arizona, so does its political strength. Experts said by 2030, Arizona will be a minority-majority state and heavily impacting elections.

“2030 is a long ways away," said John Loredo, an Arizona political consultant. "It’s happening right now, it’s happening today, it will happen this year. And by the time 2016 comes I think the Latino community will be in position to determine which way the state swings during the presidential election.”

Political analysts said there are 73,000 young Latinos who become eligible voters every month in the United States.