The midterm elections and the Latino vote

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HOUSTON, Texas - To vote or not to vote?  That's the question for the Hispanic community.   Still, there's an election coming, and in case you didn't know it, the Latino vote matters.

"The Latino community is clearly the emerging, sleeping giant in terms of political progress and power in the state and here in the (Harris) county as well," said Jay Aiyer, Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Texas Southern University.

How much of an impact the Texas voter ID law will have in the end on Hispanic voter turnout remains to be seen.

"Minority voters in particular are most affected,"explained Aiyer.  "Many of them don't have that form of identification; and because the law just took effect within the last week or so, you don't have an opportunity to get it."

While some pollsters believe the stalemate over immigration reform might also have a negative effect on the overall turnout, Aiyer says the opposite is the case:

"I do think that there will be potentially some positive impact in the Latino community.  The president has been very clear that he's going to sign executive orders after the election.  So, I think you're gonna see some of that frustration potentially carried out at the ballot box."

We'll have to wait until November 5 to find out how this telenovela ends.



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