Today the daily editorially bemoans the fact that though Latinos are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population, they vote in lesser numbers than other groups. According to a recent analysis by the Pew Hispanic Center, their participation lags behind other demographics.
The newspaper asks plaintively, “Where is the outcry?” as it asserts “They are “wasting their clout.” The Pew Center acknowledges it is a clout that “benefits Democrats.”
But population alone is not the determining factor, as the editorial board well knows. There is also that pesky problem of citizenship. And even though Sandra O’Connor and another judge on the Ninth Circuit Court’s three-person panel saw no need to require proof of citizenship when registering and voting, it still remains a prerequisite. As we reported yesterday, that issue is going to be revisited by the full 11-judge panel.
Citizen participation in our election process is encouraged as evidenced by numerous and varied groups organizing voter registration drives. The Republican Party has been actively and successfully recruiting. This year Republicans have added 10,243 new voters to their ranks while the Democrats show a paltry increase of 4,187.
The real question to ask is how many of this growing Hispanic population are citizens eligible to vote as required by the U.S. Constitution?