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Google Searches for Voter Registration Have Surged in Hispanic Areas

-- by Nate Cohn, The New York Times:

In the real world, demographic change is gradual: Every day, the country becomes a tad more diverse as babies are born, people immigrate, and others die.

But in elections, demographic change happens fast: in a surge of new voter registrations ahead of a presidential election. Just who registers and how many will be one of the biggest stories of the next month.

Google Searches for ‘Registrarse Para Votar’ Hit All-time High During Debate

-- by Caitlin Dewey, The Washington Post:

Google is an imperfect oracle of popular will, but here’s one trend that seems pretty clear: Searches for the phrase “registrarse para votar” — “register to vote,” in Spanish — hit an all-time high during Monday’s presidential debate, spiking to more than 100,000 searches.

Federal Appeals Court: Ohio's Removal of Voters Violates Law

-- by Ariane de Vogue, CNN:

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Ohio's method of removing names from its voter rolls violates federal law, and sent the case back to the district court for a remedy.

The ruling by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals is a victory for the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and other groups who had argued the program violated the National Voter Registration Act and expressed concern that the purge would effect "many thousands" of Ohio voters.

Hispanic Dems "Disappointed" With Party's Latino Outreach

-- by Rafael Bernal, The Hill:

Congressional Hispanic Democrats are questioning the party's approach to campaigning in Latino communities, as Republicans led by Donald Trump exceed expectations with the demographic.

Will the Latina Vote Sway 2016?

-- by Jacqueline Hurtado, CNN:

Margarita Montañez came to the United States from Mexico in 1970 when she was 23 years old. She raised six children but says one of her greatest accomplishments was becoming a United States citizen in 1999.

"I wanted to vote," she said. "I wanted to have a say in my children's future."

The Latino vote has long been the subject of interest for presidential elections, and in 2016 it may be wise to look more specifically at the Latina vote.

Immigration Reform: Disparate Ideas, Disparate Futures

-- by Eduardo Porter, The New York Times:

If Donald Trump were to win the presidency and carry out his strident promise to build an impregnable wall along the border with Mexico, both advocates and foes agree, it would turn the United States into a nation quite different from the one they live in.

Number of U.S. Unauthorized Immigrants Holds Steady Since 2009

-- by Jeffrey S. Passel and D'Vera Cohn, Pew Research Center:

The U.S. unauthorized immigrant population – 11.1 million in 2014 – has stabilized since the end of the Great Recession, as the number from Mexico declined but the total from other regions of the world increased, according to new Pew Research Center estimates based on government data.

Immigration Doesn't Hurt Native Jobs or Wages in the U.S., Report Finds

-- by Tessa Berenson, Time.com:

Immigration has an overall positive impact on economic growth in the United States and has small-to-no effects on wages and employment for native-born workers, according to a new report.

GOP Megadonor Pledges $2 Million to Help Latino Voters Defeat Trump

-- by Eric Levitz, New York Magazine:

Mike Fernandez, a billionaire Republican donor, is pledging $2 million to help register new Latino voters in Florida, and then turn them out for Hillary Clinton on Election Day.

Why the Presidential Debates Need a Hispanic Moderator

-- by Javier Palomarez, for CNN:

No topic has received more media attention this year than immigration, particularly Hispanic immigration. But while Donald Trump's famous call to build (an extremely expensive) wall has received considerable press, another barrier has been created that is preventing Hispanics from having a say in a subject that affects their entire culture and their future.

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