Study: Voting Laws May Disenfranchise 10 Million Hispanic U.S. Citizens


vote-poll-electionNew voting laws in 23 of the 50 states could keep more than 10 million Hispanic U.S. citizens from registering and voting, a new study said on Sunday, a number so large it could affect the outcome of the November 6 election.

The Latino community accounts for more than 10 percent of eligible voters nationally. But the share in some states is high enough that keeping Hispanic voters away from the polls could shift some hard-fought states from support for Democratic President Barack Obama and help his Republican rival, Mitt Romney.

The new laws include purges of people suspected of not being citizens in 16 states that unfairly target Latinos, the civil rights group Advancement Project said in the study to be formally released on Monday.

Laws in effect in one state and pending in two others require proof of citizenship for voter registration. That imposes onerous and sometimes expensive documentation requirements on voters, especially targeting naturalized American citizens, many of whom are Latino, the liberal group said.

Nine states have passed restrictive photo identification laws that impose costs in time and money for millions of Latinos who are citizens but do not yet have the required identification, it said.

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  1. Getting ID’s for voting, as for a million other things, is easy. If some groups find this less easy, their leaders and sympathizers should help the group comply, not moan about laws needed to combat fraud. I believe there is an agenda to bring non-citizens to the polls.

  2. What is this shtusim? This article is so biased. You have to show ID to buy alcohol, go to the bank, or even travel. If someone does not have ID, they are living in the stone-age and maybe it is better that their opinion is not tallied! To insinuate that an ID requirement unfairly targets Latinos is dishonest and to title the article that way is an attempt to deceive an uninformed audience. Shame on the liberals that try to get heir agenda passed by any means (and shame on Matzav for posting it)!

  3. Why aren’t they registered to vote when they are naturalized?? They should be *required* to vote. No whining. If they’re not registered now, they weren’t going to anyway.