Are Latinos the next major voting bloc in Georgia?
Thanks to Donald Trump, they might be.
A front-page story in today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution highlights the surge of new Latino voter registrations in the last few months. According to the Georgia Secretary of State’s office, there was an increase of 20% in registration rates among Latinos between October and April alone.
And with the tone of the presidential race this year, it’s not hard to guess why.
Latino advocates say the presidential race — and the anti-immigrant tone of Trump’s campaign — is a big motivator for many new voters. Increased Hispanic voter registration also has been reported in other states.
The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials projects that 13.1 million Latinos will cast ballots nationwide in the November election — up 17 percent from 2012.
“Latinos are listening to the anti-Latino rhetoric and responding to that with increased engagement,” said Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials…
These are significant developments in a state that has seen massive Latino growth in recent years, but they’re not particularly surprising. In fact, Trump himself put it best. After calling for stricter border control, he had this to say at his rally last week in Atlanta:
“There are a lot of people right now who are not happy and [they’re] not going to take it any longer.”
When it comes to Latinos in our state, Trump is more right that he could possibly know.