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Is There an Ethnic Dimension to the Immigration Debate?

By Rene Rocha, University of Iowa What determines public opinion on immigration policy has been the subject of much debate. Among the most regularly cited explanations are a series of individual characteristics such as ideology, age, gender, education, and economic vulnerability. However, some social scientists have also hypothesized that the racial/ethnic residential environment of individuals […]

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The Disproportionate Impact of Photo-ID Laws on the Minority Electorate

By Gabriel R. Sanchez, Stephen A. Nuño, and Matt A. Barreto Following the Crawford v. Marion County Election Board decision of the Supreme Court which upheld the stringent photo-identification policy for voters in Indiana, several other states have or are considering similar reforms to their election laws. Most recently, Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina […]

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How to measure Latino influence: a new quantitative model

By: Matt Barreto, Loren Collingwood, Sylvia Manzano The importance of the Latino electorate has been the subject of both academic inquiry and media discourses. The question of Latino influence is frequently limited by an approach that focuses on single variable considerations (e.g., voter turnout or ethnic-targeted campaign spending) that are often contest-specific idiosyncrasies. Relying on […]

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