Voter Registration Down Among Hispanics, Blacks

Krissah Thompson, Washington Post, May 4, 2012

The number of black and Hispanic registered voters has fallen sharply since 2008, posing a serious challenge to the Obama campaign in an election that could turn on the participation of minority voters.

In the 2008 election, robust turnout among black and Latino voters is credited with putting Obama over the top in key swing states, including Virginia and New Mexico.

Voter rolls typically shrink in non-presidential election years and registrations among whites fell at roughly the same rate, but this is the first time in nearly four decades that the number of registered Hispanics has dropped significantly.

That figure fell 5 percent across the country, to about 11 million, according to the Census Bureau. But in some politically important swing states, the decline among Hispanics, who are considered critical in the 2012 presidential contest, is much higher: just over 28 percent in New Mexico, for example, and about 10 percent in Florida.

For blacks, whose registration numbers are down 7 percent nationwide, and Hispanics, the large decrease is attributed to the ailing economy, which forced many Americans to move in search of work or because of other financial upheaval.

“The only explanation out there is the massive job loss and home mortgage foreclosures, which disproportionately affected minorities,” said Antonio Gonzalez, president of the William C. Velasquez Institute, a nonpartisan policy group that focuses on Latinos. “When you move, you lose your registration.”

Political strategists and election experts are divided on whether registrations will rise to their previous levels. But the prospect of a tight race between President Obama and Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, has placed great importance on getting eligible Americans to register and vote.

The decline in minority registration “is obviously an area of concern,” said Democratic strategist Simon Rosenberg, president of NDN, a left-leaning think tank.

But he predicted the Obama campaign “will have enough money and enough focus to mitigate the problem. . . . They have five months to get the electorate looking the way they want.”

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  • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

    “When you move, you lose your registration.”

    Really?  Don’t bet on that.  You can’t de-register from a place until you either request it, or you don’t vote for your address for so long (many years) that you can’t be anything but deceased.  The DOJ resists any attempt to purge obsolete registrations, and yes, because they want the voter fraud.

    My theory is that the de-registrations here were fraud from 2008 that were “requested” to be de-registered to take away the paper trail from a future voter fraud investigation.

  • ed91

    why would the economy affect your voter registration?   because you move more in a bad economy? 

    I really do live in a different world from whomever they are talking about………..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DFC73YYAKSHGIE32R4T3TFAEHI No

    No problem.  Time to go register the dead, the winos, felons, ten-year olds and anyone with a pulse. 

    No way a little thing like voter apathy will slow down Obama.  If fraud won’t work, he’ll just tell bigger lies and/or more of them. 

    It would be easier to take a leg of fried chicken from the hands of a 400 lb hungry black woman than take gibbs me from non-whites.  Once the Big Lie starts rolling out about how Romney intends to cut this or that . . . look for Obama to surge in the polls.

  • The__Bobster

    How does a bad economy affect somebody who is already on the dole?

  • ageofknowledge

    I wonder if this has anything to do with it:

    “Millions of illegal immigrants are getting a bigger tax refund than you. Eyewitness News shows a massive tax loophole that provides billions of dollars in tax credits to undocumented workers and, in many cases, people who have never stepped foot in the United States. And you are paying for it!”

    http://www.wthr.com/story/17798210/tax-loophole-costs-billions#.T6htbL6ri-c.facebook

  • sbuffalonative

    More fear tactics to attack the voter registration movement.

  • sarah stein

    They finally figured out that it doesn’t matter who’s the president or who’s in congress, they’re all the same, traitors.  

  • MikeofAges

    Could be happening. People who are highly partisan may express their dissatisfaction by not voting rather than by voting for the other party. Extremists and ideological voters might vote from a fringe or “third” party, while people who consider themselves less partisan often vote for an elitist independent candidate.

  • JackKrak

    “The only explanation out there is the massive job loss and home mortgage foreclosures, which disproportionately affected minorities,” said Antonio Gonzalez, president of the William C. Velasquez Institute, a nonpartisan policy group that focuses on Latinos. “When you move, you lose your registration.”

    Um, does he really believe the BS coming out of his mouth or does he think we are stupid enough to believe it? I think those are really the only two options.

    The core Democratic voting base never moves out of the public housing projects they were born in. They couldn’t fill out a mortgage application if if you simplified to the point of looking like a McDonald’s cash register with pictures instead of words. Most of them couldn’t be bothered to register to vote even if it came with KFC gift certificates.

  • mobilebay

    Good to hear! Should mean fewer votes for the WH occupant.

  • http://eradica.wordpress.com/ Firepower

    Fewer voters = because more black hate mobs in jail. 

  • Anonymous

    Anything that reduces the power and influence of blacks and browns and liberals I’m all for.

  • http://twitter.com/Gremlikin Gremlikin

    “…will have enough money and enough focus to mitigate the problem. . . . They have five months to get the electorate looking the way they want.” – He better hope so, Obammy would HAVE to bribe his way into a second term since no one else but the msnbc libtards want him.  I do not wish to continue feeding his ugly family lobster and paying for their frequent vacations.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephanie-Galonska/100000365443540 Stephanie Galonska

    Why aren’t these ethnic groups ever taken to task for being “ethnic”?

    This should be all too easy.  I mean seriously, if Non-Whites can Seek, so shall Same be Given to The White Peoples.  That’s in reference to the hispanic who works for “hispanic issues”.

    As for the rest of the article, pure garbage.  Non-whites don’t Vote unless there’s something in it for them personally.  More Welfare, their family members getting away with an abundance of crime (amnesty) or some other fattening of their already bloated Non-White Privilege.