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Study: Young Latino voting rights threatened

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My fellow young Latinos, your voting rights are under attack.

From Fox News Latino:

“Young minority voter turnout could drop by almost 700,000 in states with photo ID laws, says a new study.

The lower turnout among voters under the age of 30 could affect several House races as well as the tight presidential contest.

Using calculations based on turnout figures for the past two presidential elections, researchers at the University of Chicago and Washington University in St. Louis concluded that overall turnout this year by young people of color ages 18-29 could fall by somewhere between 538,000 to 696,000 in states with photo ID laws.

‘Our estimates are conservative. We are looking at demobilization from 9 to 25 percent,’ said Cathy Cohen, a University of Chicago expert on young and minority voters, who worked on the study with Jon Rogowski of Washington University. ‘If young people really have valid IDs at a rate of only 25 or even 50 percent, the number of young people of color disenfranchised will be even greater than what we estimate.’ “

The assault is in full force in 17 states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.

Most young people have ID, researchers, but the ID they have may not be valid when the time comes to vote.

“Young minority voters, Cohen and Rogowski said, tend to be poorer and more transient, which means they are less likely to have a current address on their driver’s licenses or other ID. Their licenses may be suspended or revoked due to unpaid fines, or they may not have access to the documents they need in order to get valid identification. Even if young voters are able to pull the necessary documentation together, the extra steps they must take to get an acceptable ID might prove discouraging, Cohen said.”

According to the researchers, the recent outcrop of voter ID requirements could potentially turn away “68,000 to 250,000 young Hispanic voters” and “170,000 to 475,000 young black voters.”

“Those numbers amount to a potential erosion of the gains in young minority voter participation over the two previous presidential election cycles, the analysis said.

In 2004, turnout for minority voters ages 18-24 was 44 percent for blacks, 20.4 percent for Hispanics, and 23.4 percent for Asian-Americans. In 2008, 52.3 percent of young blacks, 27.4 percent of young Latinos and 27.8 percent of young Asian-Americans turned out to vote.”

As conservative journalist David Frum astutely pointed out on Monday, voter purges rarely catch ineligible voters on the rolls, and when they do, the person is rarely Latino.

The evidence shows quite clearly that the GOP is going to great lengths to keep young and minority voters from the polls this year through a degree of voter suppression unseen since Jim Crow. Apparently, the party’s strategy is to appeal to its older, white male base, while keeping blacks, Latinos and youths — you know, everyone else who would rather remove their kneecaps than pull the Republican lever — away from the ballot box on Election Day.

“Only in America.”

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. i wonder why what party will benefit from this

  2. I don’t get this whining…get a photo ID if it is a priority to vote and you care then do it! It also could be helpful in Latinos gaining power…who hires people for a job with fair pay without an ID?? what college will enroll people with no ID?? Sooo these people with no iD never go to bars, drive a car, work, attend school, get welfare, or even get a library card??? Really??? My ID = BEST $13.50 I ever spent!

  3. if someone cant get an ID then its prob best they dont vote or do much anything else,they are prob a felon then.anyone can get an ID,this is such a COP OUT by democrats who say this is grandma had to show ID to get a disability pass for the bus.was that racist? the democrats love to cry RACISM for evrything&anything.

  4. its racism by humantery cuase we dont much iqual rights as they do nobody shuld have ID we shuld have aceptence and iqual and treated like strangers

  5. not be treated like strangers ***

  6. Why wouldn’t a young voter aged person have an ID? Don’t they work? or go to school?

  7. I do not get what the complaining is all about, I have had an ID ever since I became of Age at 18 and I have never had a problem getting an ID, I have resided in 4 different states and have never had a problem. I have had driver licenses from 4 different states and and a U.S. Passport, again I do not know what this article is talking about or how is it that young minorities voting rights are been threatened, furthermore, I have 4 kids and all of them have ID and all of them have are ready to vote. I would like to know if the people that conducted the study had an ID??????

  8. @Danny, What in the world are talking about, you are not making any sense ??

  9. Danny no se te entiende nada!

  10. I am confuse. Every where you, doctors, hospital, Insurance, rentals , jobs, and even if you want to order alcohol in a restaurant, you have to have a picture I’d! My kids had IDs before driver licenses. Even my 74 year old mother has an I’d and she has never driven. Why does this law discriminate the minority voters?

  11. this law does not discriminate,its just a ploy that mostly democrats are using.they are not stupid they know this is not racism but they love to claim racism for evrything

  12. I am trying to think of a single reason why a responsible adult would not have an ID, but I can’t do it. Can anybody help?

  13. Young minority turnout can drop? Great, I hope it does! Because if you are a young minority and are too stupid to get an official picture I’d like every normal person does then you should not be allowed to vote. And be legal too. BL the things that you guys think important really baffle me especially after Islamic hoardes just kill our embassador to Libya and drag his body through the street and Obama apologizes for offending Mahamud and then he leaves for Vegas to see some criminal rapper and his squeeze.

  14. You see, BL is very sneaky. They just won’t tell you this but they know that a large percentage of those young “minorities” wothout ID might be here illegally or they might be criminals and they will all vote for Obama anyway…

  15. I don’t know, but at 18 this “Lateeeno” had legal ID and I voted for Reagan!

  16. Let me explain, some minorities, heck some Americans in general, have a hard time obtaining an ID for various reasons. For senior citizens they may not have transportation to get them to their local DMV. This is extremely difficult for those residing in hospice or any other type of care facility. Another example is if a student is attending college in another state. For example; Texas. Texas is a state that requires you to be a resident in order to obtain a state issued ID. A student is getting out of state based scholarships or aid, does he/she give up that financial aid in order to obtain resident status in Texas? I think not. Now, this is where it gets a little tricky and I have tried looking for answers on this…why can’t ID from any other state be an acceptable form of ID for voting in a National election? This is where the shinanigans insue. I say as long as it is a valid and unexpired state issued ID one should be able to use it as a form of identification for a national election. The states each seem to have their own set of rules when it comes to this. I have had a state issued ID since I was 15. While I undertand why it may be difficult for some of us to obtain an ID, it should not be difficult for most of us, so get off your asses and get an ID! Just as a side note, it pisses me off that so called Latinos oftentimes point fingers at other Latinos accusing them of being illegal and thus illegally voting in elections, you know because everyone just loves to vote, especially Americans! Every single election it’s 105% turn out. Get real!! Get your brown faces out of your brown asses. Latinos should stop putting each other down and help lift each other up..we should support each other and stop acting like crabs in a bucket!

  17. Cut the crap, make the sacrifice, and get the ID.

    Then make them pay in November. Voter fraud in the states is so rare that these laws were not needed.

  18. II’m Strictly ANTI-ILLEGAL but illegals are NOT here to VOTE…This crap is about knocking Dems off the Rolls..NOTHING ELSE…Republicans have better chances as LESS people vote…

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