According new data by the Center for American Progress, there are 12.1 million unregistered, but potentially eligible Latino adults in the 10 battleground states (places where both Obama and Romney campaign wins are feasible). If they vote, they could potentially swing the election. In other words? Consistently red states could become swing states or turn blue.
“If just a portion of these potential voters do come out and vote they could swing the election,” said Philip Wolgin to the Huffington Post. Wolgin is an immigration policy analyst at the center. “And while I don’t think that Texas is going to become a swing state tomorrow, I also don’t think that four years ago anyone thought that Arizona would be either. Look at it now.”
In Arizona, 405,300 Latino U.S. citizens are not registered to vote. On top of that, 575,300 Latino permanent legal residents could become naturalized citizens and register to vote. These potential voters, according to recent polls, care about immigration issues like racial profiling and the Supreme Court's June decision on SB1070, along with jobs, education and health care.
The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), a D.C.-based civil rights organization, is trying to help those who are eligible to become naturalized citizens to do so and those who can register to vote obtain credentials.
And while the progress has been somewhat slow, the NCLR has good reason to try and register as many voters as possible, especially in Arizona. In 2008, John McCain carried the state by 195,404 votes.