A recent report from the advocacy group America’s Voice
highlighted the growing power of Latino voters in the upcoming 2010
elections. Latino voters played a critical role in 2008 to propel
President Obama to victory in several key swing states that previously
trended Republican, including Virginia. Latino voter
registration and turnout rates have exploded over the past few years:
roughly 10 million voted in the 2008 Presidential election alone, a 2.5
million increase from 2004 and 4 million person increase since 2000.
Latino voter registration grew by over 54% between 2000 and 2008, and
turnout grew 64% over the same time period.