November 02, 2002

The recent public attention paid to the Latino vote, and to the influence of immigrants on American democracy, is difficult to miss. In the days leading up to the November 2002 election, press coverage in states as diverse as Massachusetts and Arizona, as well as by national commentators, suggested that the Latino vote was likely to be critical to the results of this close election.

This update includes a focus on the Latino electorate as well as on immigrant voters who may or may not be Hispanic, but whose demographic characteristics have much in common with Latinos in terms of population growth and distribution, and the proportion who participate in elections. Second, this study updates survey data with a variety of new, more recent sources, and highlights a number of community-based efforts aimed at increasing the participation of this segment of the electorate. Finally, this study includes a preliminary assessment of November 2002 election results.

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