Yet another article was published today about the importance of the Latino vote during Tuesday’s election. From the New York Times:
“They really delivered,” said Efrain Escobedo, director of civic engagement at the Latino officials’ association, a bipartisan group that ran voter registration drives across the country. “This is an electorate that now understands the importance of voting, and they made a significant shift in the political landscape.”
Latinos were integral to Obama’s election in important states like New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada and Florida. Read the full article here.
Congratulations to our partners at CAUSA Oregon! Thanks to their great work and the great work of other community organizations across the state, two anti-immigrant ballot measure failed to pass during Tuesday’s election.
Ballot Measure 58 would have prohibited teaching a public school student in a language other than English for more than two years. Ballot Measure 60 would have placed unfair requirements on teachers and their salaries.
Reports are pouring in from all over about the impact of the immigrant and Latino vote on yesterday’s elections.
Latinos are responsible for Obama’s victory in New Mexico and contributed strongly to his margins in Nevada and Colorado. In New Mexico, Latinos constituted 41 percent of the electorate and voted for Obama by a 69 percent to 30 percent margin; white voters in New Mexico supported McCain 56 percent to 42 percent.
Congratulations to Mr. Obama and his family on his overwhelming win last night. Regardless of who you are or where you stand, you have to admit: today marks a new era for our country. There is much work left to do, but today, all I will say is congratulations, Mr. President Obama.
From the Community Values Vote e-day blog:
Norman Eng with the NY Immigration Coalition shares what his organization is doing on Election Day to monitor the polls:
Exit poll data-entry teams camped out in the NYIC’s conference room.
It’s a busy day at the New York Immigration Coalition, to say the least. In addition to making a final push to get immigrant voters out to the polls today, we’re coordinating the citywide New Americans Exit Poll to track the voting behaviors and opinions of New York City voters, with an emphasis on voters in immigrant communities.
We have more than 120 exit pollsters stationed at 32 sites throughout the city, teams of runners and poll supervisors, and an army of data entry folks camped out in our conference room and cubicles to input the survey results as they roll in.
This is the fifth time we’ve run the exit poll. Past poll results have shown that, in New York City, two out of three first-time voters are foreign-born; in other words, immigrants are the driving force behind the expanding electorate here.
We expect to be here late into the evening inputing data, and we’re excited to release the findings on Thursday. Thanks to Barnard College, Columbia University, the City University of New York, and the New York Latino Research and Resources Network for sponsoring the poll!