A new report released yesterday by the Advancement Project finds that voter suppression laws in 23 states have the potential of barring more than 10 million Latino United States citizens from voting in the 2012 elections. The report explains why three types of state laws have been passed to suppress Latino voters in states where they constitute a large proportion of the population: Voter purges, proof of citizenship requirements, and photo ID laws. The study argues why Latino and “communities of color” are most likely to be barred from voting because of these laws. In a conference call on Monday, director of Advancement Project’s Voter Protection Program, Katerine Culliton-González, argued that these “voter-suppression” laws are being passed by politicians who are scared of Latinos’ voting power.
“The types of voter restrictions and Jim Crow laws that have been primarily been targeted against African-Americans in the past, have also been revitalized this year,” Ms. Culliton-González said. “There’s a new wave of voter suppression against African-Americans; but this year in particular, we’ve also seen a new wave targeting Latinos, and I think that’s because of the rising political power of the community.”
The study argues why Latino and “communities of color” are most likely to be barred from voting. These groups constitute a large part of eligible voters who may be purged from voter registration rolls in 16 states. Census data shows that 1.1 million Latino naturalized citizens lived in these states.