The National Voter Registration Act: Impact and Implications for Latino and Non-Latino Communities

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University Press of America, 2009 - Political Science - 127 pages
This book provides an understanding of the role that Latino communities play in American politics. In a country marked by arbitrary and exclusionary electoral practices, minority political participation is central to remedying the inequity of the electoral process. The 1993 National Voter Registration act (NVRA) was enacted to compensate for past exclusionary electoral practices and was designed to equalize the political playing field so that disenfranchised groups could achieve parity. The author contends that, as a result, Latino communities are in a unique position to seize political clout. First, the growing numbers of Latino families in strategic electoral states are a significant proportion of the states' population. Second, the young Latino segment is in search of community reassurance. Third, the ever-increasing non-citizen population is demanding the political resources to become a voice for Latino community interests. Finally, Latino special interest groups are effectively conducting grass roots community-based voter registration strategies, including NVRA mail-in voter registration methods.

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Contents

AMERICAN POLITICAL PARTICIPATION ll
11
LATINO POLITICAL PARTICIPATION
25
THE STRUGGLE TO REFORM ELECTION
47
THE IMPACT OF THE NVRA
65
CONCLUSION NVRA AS AN ELECTION
85
INTERNATIONAL RANKING OF VOTER
97
STATE ESTIMATES OF LATINO REGISTERED
103
LATINO VOTER REGISTRATION AND TURNOUT
109
INDEX
125
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About the author (2009)

Elaine Rodriquez, Ph.D., is a visiting Associate Professor at New Mexico Highlands University. She is the primary investigator on a project examining the civic and political levels of engagement of "soon-to-be" naturalized citizens.

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