The lack of educational opportunities, services and housing, as well as the high number of Hispanics living in poverty contribute to the low turnout numbers, said Rodolfo Rosales, a political science professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio.(source)
“We have always been behind everyone in voter turnout because we are over-represented in poverty,” Rosales said.
Rodolfo Rosales is full of shit.
You don't go vote because you're poor? When last I checked, not only does it cost nothing to register to vote, but you are offered the opportunity to do so when applying for government assistance. This means, you get food stamps, they ask you if you want to register to vote.
I could almost have sympathy for the "can't leave work to vote" argument...but for the fact that, in Texas, early voting is open to everyone. For every election.
No big surprise here, the Latinos most likely to vote are just the same as the whites, blacks, Asians, and purple people eaters most likely to vote: older and educated. They are also, apparently, more likely to be Republican:
The poll also found Republican Latino registered voters are more likely than Democratic Latinos to participate, 44 percent to 28 percent.This probably has to do with the truism that once you become successful, you're more likely to be Republican--something that cuts across racial lines, though of course you still find far more rich minority Democrats than Republicans.
One more interesting snippet from the article:
Obama and Democratic leaders have used Republican opposition to comprehensive immigration reform as a rallying cry to energize Latinos before the midterm elections.
But the Pew poll found that immigration was not a top issue for Latinos. Instead, it came in fifth behind education, jobs, health care and the federal budget deficit.
I don't think I will ever understand why Democrats persist with this nonsense that Latinos want illegal immigration to be normalized and allowed. Guess what? They stand to lose even more than anyone else. Not only do legal immigrants and native-born Americans with brown skin lose out to illegals when it comes to jobs (or, at best, have their pay seriously undercut), they also face discrimination from dumbasses who can't tell the difference between someone who hopped a train in Guatemala last Friday and someone whose family has been in Texas since the time of Coahuila y Tejas. It does not at all surprise me that the powers that be make the mistake of lumping everyone with a vaguely similar skin tone together, but it's not a winning strategy long-term. (Nor, given the current mood of the electorate, the short term.)