Archive | Research papers RSS feed for this section

Supreme Court ignores extensive social science evidence of voting discrimination against Blacks and Latinos in Section 5 jurisdictions

Research from 2013 documents higher rates of prejudice, voting discrimination and inequality faced by African Americans and Latinos in jurisdictions fully covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. On Tuesday the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, despite extensive social science research that racial discrimination and prejudice […]

Read full story ·

Tags: , , ,

Comments are closed

We still need the Voting Rights Act to give equal access

This article was originally published at NBC LATINO   These days, voting is largely uneventful.  You show up at the polls, check in, vote, and get your sticker. Long gone are the days of having to take a literacy test, such as that used in Alabama in 1965 that was a 68 question civics exam that I doubt […]

Read full story ·

Tags:

Comments are closed

Blacks and Latinos face more discrimination in states fully covered by Voting Rights Act

New brief filed with Supreme Court documents higher rates of prejudice, voting discrimination and inequality faced by African Americans and Latinos in jurisdictions fully covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Racial discrimination and prejudice remain prevalent in the United States, so the U.S. Supreme Court should fully uphold the Voting Rights Act, […]

Read full story ·

Tags: , , ,

Comments are closed

Puerto Rico, A Latino 51’st State of the Union?

As plebiscitary debates in Scotland and Cataluña continue to grow, the debates over the outcome of the 2012 Puerto Rican plebiscite appear to be waning with the change of government in the island. Notwithstanding, the pro-statehood interpretations of the outcomes of the 2012 plebiscite suggest that Puerto Rico could become the 51st state of the […]

Read full story ·

Tags: ,

Comments are closed

How the Exit Polls Misrepresent Latino Voters, and Badly

Did you know that, despite running exceedingly racialized anti-Latino advertisements in Nevada’s Senate race, Sharon Angle got 30% of the Latino vote? Jan Brewer also did well, attracting an above-average 28% share of Arizona’s Hispanic vote just months after signing SB1070 into law.  Moreover, Meg Whitman received 21% of the African American vote in her […]

Read full story ·

Tags:

Comments are closed

Panethnic Identity: Building Understanding By Taking on Complexities

Findings in The Pew Hispanic Center’s recent study, “When Labels Don’t Fit: Hispanics and Their Views of Identity” generated buzz among those interested in the dynamics of ethnic identity and American politics. The report highlighted the fact that most Latinos do not use the panethnic terms “Latino or Hispanic” to describe themselves, instead preferring more […]

Read full story ·

Tags: ,

Comments are closed

Identifying a Relationship Between Latino Representation in Congress and Trust in Government

By Ricardo Ramirez, Gabriel R. Sanchez, and Shannon Sanchez-Youngmann Although all eyes will be focused squarely on the race for the white house this year, there are several important races taking place down the ticket that have important implications for the Latino electorate. There are several Latino non-incumbent candidates running for Congress in 2012, with […]

Read full story ·

Tags: , , ,

Comments are closed

Taking a Closer Look at Latino Pan-ethnic Identity

A recent report released by the Pew Hispanic Center indicated that the pan-ethnic terms of Latino and Hispanic do not resonate well with the population that they are intended to define. More specifically, a majority (51%) say that they most often identify themselves by their family’s country of origin (Mexican/Mexican American for example) compared to […]

Read full story ·

Tags: , , , ,

Comments are closed

Latino Issue Priorities Linked to Presidential, Congressional Approval and Certainty of Voting

By Ali A. Valenzuela, Assistant Professor of Politics, Princeton University Will President Obama lose Latino voters in the 2012 election because of his administration’s immigration enforcement regime and lack of progress on comprehensive policy change? After failing to deliver on his campaign promises in this contentious policy area, President Obama has taken a hit in […]

Read full story ·

Tags: , ,

Comments are closed

Projecting Latino Electoral Influence in 2012: What Percent of the Latino Vote Candidates Need to Win Each State

Matt A. Barreto, Ph.D. and Gary M. Segura, Ph.D., Latino Decisions We get asked the question about “Latino influence” from the press weekly—some weeks, daily.  Answering the question is easy if you just make it up, and a fair number of people earn a good living doing so.  But our goal has always been to […]

Read full story ·

Tags:

Comments are closed