Illinois Latino Vote 7/10/17

City Lab is asking what Latinos in Chicago are doing to get voters energized.


I’ll take a line from business jargon and call it “best practices.” City Lab says “The lessons of Illinois may well be valuable for election strategies in other states, especially given the relatively small amounts of money spent on it.”

It’s a 5 minute read, but it boils down to this: “People want to see politicians who speak their language and identify with them,” said [Illinois Comptroller General Susana] Mendoza. “It’s a question of which came first, the chicken or the egg. Did they vote because they saw (Hispanic) representatives, or did their vote elect the representatives?”

Bottom line? Illinois Latino candidates got results because they put in the work, pressing the flesh, listening to voters, walking door-to-door.

Here are Illinois voter mobilization results compared to other cities:

295,000 – The number of Latinos who voted in Illinois in 2012.

527,000 – The number of Latinos who voted in Illinois in 2016.

232,000 – The increase in the number of Latino voters in Illinois between 2012 and 2016.

1.4 million – The number of Latinos 18 years of age and older in Illinois.

188,000 – The increase in the number of Latino voters in California between 2012 and 2016.

10.2 million – The number of Latinos 18 years of age and older in California.

153,000 – The increase in the number of Latino voters in Florida between 2012 and 2016.

4 million – The number of Latinos 18 years of age and older in Florida.

Source: City Lab/The Atlantic

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