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Published: Friday, Aug. 27 2010 12:31 a.m. MDT

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dferg

Just what is it that these spokespersons are wanting, exactly? Despite all the years and money spent trying to educate "their people", there has been little to no progress made. All I see in this article is excuses: they move; they're confused; they work more than one job and don't have time to vote on election day; blah, blah, blah.

Everybody else in this country has to accept responsibility for their own lives; why not these people? Why are theses "leaders" still making excuses and trying to get concessions for them as if they're little children? They speak the same language; these things are explained to them, likely more than once, in Spanish. And these leaders still expect us to believe their message is not getting through? These people apparently are not being given the right message; these hapless people are getting shortchanged by their "leaders".

And "The way to get people to vote is to get one of us out there" as a candidate? If that's not a racist remark, I don't know what is. Kirk Jowers is foolish; to vote for somebody solely for there ethnicity is wrong. Wrong and racist.

SLars

"which Hispanics fear could make life tough for anyone with a Hispanic accent"

Who speaks for all the Hispanic's in the state on this issue? I have read quotes and know others that don't feel that way.

We went through this once before with Arizona's law. It strictly forbids profiling. Part of it was blocked, but not because of profiling.

However federal law does permit profiling in immigration enforcement, and in our airports.

I detest the double standard used to discredit any law that enforces immigration. With 80% of the people in the country illegally Hispanic (PEW Hispanic center) how can we enforce the laws with cries of racism from those trying to destroy our immigration system?

With a large majority of people wanting the laws enforced, I would not count on 12% to balance it out. Even if all those eligible voted, and who is to guarantee how they vote. Many are just of tired of the mess as the rest of us.

nottyou

It would be politically incorrect to actually ask these voters for their identification...that would be citizenship profiling and a violation of their rights.

SME

So 12 percent of Utah is hispanic but hispanics cast only 2 percent of Utah's votes in the last election. First how does anyone know what the race of people who cast votes is? Second, how many of those hispanics are here illegally and can't vote? I'm sure that more than 1 in 6 are legal, but there is a large number that cannot legally vote.

MapleDon

Hispanics make up 12 percent of the population, but only two percent of the voters and they're puzzled as to why.

Could it be the rest are illegal and can't? Duh!

More importantly, what's the point of the article? What's the objective?

I read this and say, "So What?"

lost in DC

"About 12 percent of Utah's population is Hispanic. But Latinos cast a mere 2 percent of Utah's votes in the 2008 presidential election"

This begs 2 questions - How many of the non-voting hispanic residents are minors and therefore cannot vote? and - How many of the non-voting hispanic residents are here illegally and cannot vote?

Scooter

Maryland has areas that allow all residents (Legal or Illegal) to vote on local issues & are pushing to let this vote happen for State & Federal issues ... Could I go to another country, illegally, and vote?

In Port Chester NY, the Federal Judge Stephen C. Robinson, ruled on 6-Nov-2009 that because Hispanics make up 48% of the population in the small town of Port Chester NY and so few are voting, (The Constitution must be thrown out the window). Hispanics in the Port Chester area, that are eligible to vote, will now be allowed to cast 6 (Yes, SIX!) votes as long as they use them all on one candidate ... thereby fixing the vote from the bench ... It's called Cumulative Voting;

Please justify these!

MapleDon

...furthermore, it's pretty obvious that math and deductive theory aren't Lee Davidson's strong points.

He's even mediocre in pushing propaganda. He's as subtle as a rhinoceros horn up a nostril.

DN Subscriber

I cannot say it any better than Lost in DC did, but I would sure expect the reporters to search a bit for facts and not just parrot what some politician says. This is a very incomplete story, and therefore very misleading.

So, let me repeat the above comment:
"About 12 percent of Utah's population is Hispanic. But Latinos cast a mere 2 percent of Utah's votes in the 2008 presidential election"

This begs 2 questions - How many of the non-voting Hispanic residents are minors and therefore cannot vote? and - How many of the non-voting Hispanic residents are here illegally and cannot vote? "

Telling us that would be news, not propaganda.

SLars

If you see or suspect a person voting, that has no right to vote, you can alert the judges. And if they fail to contest his vote, you contest his vote with the judges.

Then they have to call the county and verify they are indeed, citizens.

It's your right under the law.

Pagan

Please vote.

Corn Dog

"About 12 percent of Utah's population is Hispanic. But Latinos cast a mere 2 percent of Utah's votes in the 2008 presidential election, according to census estimates."

How many of the 12% are citizens? You have to be a citizen to vote. How many of the citizens were eligible (registered) to vote?

Rather than trying to enable the illegals, the latino community leaders should be assuring that the latino citizens are registered to vote and encourage them to vote on election day. The leaders should also encourage the illegals to return home and vote in their native country's elections.

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