Voter Registration Group Projects Increase In Latino Voters This Year

By Carrie Jung
Published: Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 3:55pm
(photo by Carrie Jung - KJZZ)
Petra Falcon discusses voter participation among Arizona's Latino electorate.

A Latino voter registration group is projecting that more than 280,000 ballots will be cast by Arizona’s Latino voters in next week’s mid-term elections. That estimate was released Thursday as part of the “State of Arizona’s Latino Voters” report.

The report was generated by the voter registration group, One Arizona. According to their analysis of election and census data, Latinos will make up about 14 percent or more of all votes cast this year. That’s up from 12 percent in 2010 and 9 percent in 2006.  

Petra Falcon is the executive director of the group Promise Arizona. She said prior to the passage of anti-illegal immigration measures like SB 1070, voting rates among Latinos had been flat, but there’s been an increase since then.

"It’s about understanding that whoever gets elected on election day is going to be making decisions for their families and that’s what is continuing to motivate," Falcon said.

John Loredo is a former Arizona house minority leader. He also cited legislation that involves immigration.

"With Latinos you don’t need to build that motivation in its organic. The motivation is there because they’re angry because they’re constantly being attacked," Loredo said.

Falcon and Loredo both said that outreach and voter registration efforts have also played a role in the growth.

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