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Research shows the Latino vote has grown significantly this election season

Posted at 7:27 PM, Nov 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-02 23:27:07-05

Research shows Latinos make up a third of eligible voters going into the 2020 presidential election.

The Latino vote has increased significantly, according to research conducted by the Pew Research Center. However, the number of Latino eligible voters is still far below the 60 million Latinos who live in the country.

According to Pew, Hispanics are among the largest minority group in the electorate in 2020, accounting for just over 13% of eligible voters.

Even with the Latino share of the U.S. electorate projected to reach a new high in 2020, Latino voter turnout continues to lag.

Out of the 60 million Latinos who live in the country, only 32 million are projected to vote.

“The pandemic has made things more challenging, that's for sure. We are typically out knocking on doors but this year it has been a lot of phone calls and a lot of texts,” said Hazel Flores, President of C.A.U.S.E.

Flores says she understands the importance of the Latino vote which is why she's has been helping with outreach efforts this election.

"What we really try to highlight for people is the importance of local elections and so, in particular, we talk about city council," Flores said.

She says local elections are also extremely important because they impact day-to-day lives.

"Regardless of where you are on the political spectrum, immigration has been a core focus of this presidential election and so I definitely think that many Latinos have been inspired to vote,” Flores said.

Both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties have voter language assistance for those who will need it this 2020 election.