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Predictions about Latino voter turnout

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While Hurricane Sandy was pummeling BL headquarters, impreMedia and Latino Decisions published the results of their latest tracking poll showing record enthusiasm among the Latino electorate.

“Forty-five percent of Latino voters say they are more enthusiastic about voting in 2012 compared to 2008,” Latino Decisions stated. “That number is up from 37% from ten weeks ago when the initial impreMedia-Latino Decisions tracking poll was fielded.  Furthermore, 87% of Latino voters say they are almost certain they will vote on November 6th, which includes 8% of Latino voters have already voted.  In 2008, 84% of Latino registered voters cast a ballot according to Census statistics.”

Major news sources are celebrating this most recent prediction, but I on the other hand am a bit more cautious. I’ll only cheer a record turnout on the morning of November 7th.

If you’re able to vote, then you must. It’s not only a great privilege to cast a ballot in American elections — just as the people of Puerto Rico — it’s also a sacred obligation. To be a Latino nonvoter is to hold yourself, your family and the members of your community back. To be a Latino who doesn’t vote is to put the Latino community — its heritage, its abilities, its ambitions — in someone else’s hands.

If you didn’t get around to registering this year and you’re past the deadline, then stay in on Election Day. And for that matter, stay in every day till the next election. If you refuse to be counted every two years, then we will refuse to count you at all.

But if you’ve registered and are all set to go, then please make it to the polls on Election Day or, if it’s available in your area, take advantage of early voting. I did, and it’s super easy. Then, come Election Day, you’ll have the luxury of staying home and seeing whether other Americans like you decided to exercise their rights or not.

There’s been much ado about nothing over Latino population growth during the past decade, but more impressive than our projected growth is our turnout rate. In a representative government, voter turnout is the only number that matters.

If you don’t vote this year, then save Mitt some time and self-deport yourself.

About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

To learn more about Adriana’s education consulting company, please visit

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.


  1. True indeed

  2. True but you can say that about the average citizen. You notice that places w highest turn out tend to have better infrastructure

  3. My heritage/culture resides within my community and my family,…not the government.

  4. roxana stachura says:

    If we want to have our voices heard, we MUST VOTE.

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