Friday, October 7, 2011


Despite explosive growth in the Hispanic population in Georgia over the last decade, Hispanics have barely made a dent in the state political scene. Georgia Hispanics now make up 8.8 percent of the state population nearly doubling the state's Hispanic population in the past decade.
Only two out of Georgia's 236 state legislators are Latino. The Democratic Party of Georgia — which has been looking to rebuild after losing every statewide office last year — is making an aggressive push to register new Hispanic voters, showing up at Latino festivals with stacks of registration forms and using HB87 as a rallying cry to draw Latinos to vote.
Party chairman Mike Berlon estimates that between 75,000 and 100,000 Hispanics who could register to vote have not done so. Many U.S. citizen Hispanics do not take the trouble to register to vote or to vote. It's a cultural thing and the Democratic party in Georgia would be wise to court the Latino voters and urge them to vote. Hispanic voters have a huge political power in other states like California so the Democrats need to act now...

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