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11.1 Million Latinos Turned Out to Vote in 2012

11.1 Million Latinos Turned Out to Vote in 2012

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Breaking News: 11.1 Million Latinos TurnedOut to Vote in 2012, an Increase of 1.4Million, but Hardly the 12.2 MillionEveryone had been Led to Believe
The U.S. Census Bureau confirmed this week what many of us had correctlypredicted - that there was no way 12.2 million Latinos would vote in the2012 presidential election, that there was no way 2.5 million more Latinoswould vote in 2012 than in 2008. Why? Because not enough Latinos wereregistered to vote, there was a lack of incentive to vote, and there was anabundance of disillusionment caused by inaction on immigration reform.The 12.2 million turnout prediction was simply not supported by any credibleresearch, was not based on fact, was inconsistent with national patterns andtrends dating back to 1972, was misleading, and at best was self-serving.And we should stop using technically distinct terms interchangeably. Theydon't mean the same thing. For most of last year and all of this year we havebeen told that Latinos comprised 10.8% of the electorate, implying that wewere also 10.8% of all votes cast. The "electorate" and the "votingpopulation" are not the same thing. Yes, we are 10.8% of the electorate,meaning persons who are citizens of voting age. But we were only 8.4% of the voting population, meaning of the votes cast. There's no need todeliberately mislead donors, the media, public officials, or the Latino
community. That's inexcusable.So we can be proud of our increase of 1.4 million more Latino votes cast in2012 than in 2008. Black voter turnout increased 1.7 million, and Asian voterturnout increased 550,000. Non-Hispanic whites actually saw their turnoutdecrease by two (2) million. Youth voter turnout declined among all racegroups, but especially among Non-Hispanic whites and Hispanics.I take no pleasure in writing this, but someone needs to set the recordstraight. Last year I celebrated 40 years as an advocate for social change andcivic empowerment and I can tell you, accountability matters. At least itused to, and it still does to me. We owe it to the founders of ourempowerment movement and to our community to do it right and tell itright. We can speak truth to power without inflating the numbers.
The truth that finally came out this week doesn't change the fact thatLatinos won the election for President Obama. It is still true that 76% of Latinos did vote for the President; more importantly the increase in Latinovoter turnout was in the key electoral vote states he needed to win.When our critics start saying that, based on this Census report, our vote wasactually less than what had been reported, 1.4 million instead of 2.5 million,tell them that it was still enough to reelect the President and save someseats in the U.S. House and Senate, and that Latinos will save and win morecongressional seats in 2014 and in every subsequent election until ourlegislative agenda truly embodies America's agenda.Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr.USHLI President

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