Study shows 10 million Latinos may be deterred from voting

A new report, from civil right group the Advancement Project warns the combination of voter roll purges, demands for proof of citizenship, and photo identification requirements in several states may hinder at least 10 million Hispanic citizens who seek to vote this fall. 

The analysis, based on government data, identified legal barriers that could deter voter registration and participation among eligible Hispanics. According to the group’s researchers, in some states the number of voter-eligible Latino citizens potentially blocked by those barriers exceeds the margin of victory in the 2008 election.

“Like African Americans, Latinos have experienced decreased access and correspondingly lower levels of voter registration and participation than non-Hispanic whites,” said the report, which was being released Monday. The report called for repeal of policies that wrongfully inhibit Hispanic voters, and asked that the Justice Department investigate and prosecute “any related voting rights violations.”

According to census data, there were more than 21 million Hispanics of voting age in 2010. They comprised roughly 10 percent of all eligible voters and 8 percent of registered voters in the U.S. Among eligible Hispanics in 2010, 6.3 million said they were not registered to vote, and 10.8 million — about half of those of voting age — said they did not vote, the report said.

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