Signs point to higher turnout for Arizona Latino voters in November

Oct 7, 2022, 4:45 AM | Updated: 7:47 am
(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)...
(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

PHOENIX — There are already signs that Latino voter turnout in Arizona will be higher in November than in previous elections.

Voter data that the nonprofit Chicanos Por La Causa got from the Arizona Secretary of State’s office shows more than 156,000 Latinos cast a ballot in Arizona’s primary election. That’s an increase of more than 30,000 Latino voters relative to the last midterm primary election in 2018.

Of those Latinos who voted in August, more than 93,000 had previously missed one or both of the 2018 and 2020 primary elections.

“That means that nearly six out of 10 of the Latino primary voters were the low-propensity voters that we’re specifically targeting with this campaign,” said Joe Garcia, executive director of Sí Se Vota CPLC Action Fund.

Garcia was referring to CPLC’s $10 million Latino Loud voter outreach campaign. In addition to registering new Latino voters, the campaign targets Latinos who are registered to vote but haven’t cast a ballot in one or two of the last elections.

The goal is to increase Latino participation by more than 50,000 votes in Arizona’s midterm elections.

Garcia said he’s “very, very encouraged by the numbers we’ve seen in the primary election” and added he’s hopeful that momentum will continue into November.

“We still have until Oct. 11 to register as many voters as we can,” he said. “After that, it’s going to be getting people to make sure they do vote.”

Currently, Latinos represent 32% of Arizona’s population and 23% of eligible voters.

But their political power has not been fully actualized because of traditionally low voter turnout. More than 437,000 registered Latino voters did not cast a ballot in either or both of the 2018 or 2020 elections, according to CPLC.

Garcia said Latino participation in the primary provides evidence that “we are actually creating a movement that is going to result in generational change when it comes to voting behaviors from the Latino community.”

“If the kids see their parents vote, then the kids are going to know that voting is important and voting is something that they do as a family,” he added.

To date, the Latino Loud campaign has registered nearly 33,000 new Latino voters and canvassers have knocked on more than 900,000 homes in the Phoenix area, Tucson and Yuma.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Photo)...

Suspect arrested after man fatally shot at Phoenix gas station

A man allegedly involved in the fatal shooting of a man at a Phoenix gas station was arrested Saturday.
13 hours ago
(Pexels Photo)...

Detectives investigating fatal hit-and-run with pedestrian in wheelchair in Goodyear

A woman in a wheelchair died after she was struck by a vehicle in Goodyear Saturday evening, authorities said.
13 hours ago
(City of Peoria Photo)...
Audrey Jensen/Phoenix Business Journal

Peoria approves tax incentive agreement with mixed-use project developer

Peoria moved forward with what could be the final development agreement needed for a new mixed-use office project called Stadium Point.
13 hours ago
Follow @KTAR923...

Downtown Chandler hosts life-sized holiday treats display ‘Sugarland’

Downtown Chandler kicked off the holiday season with an interactive Christmas display filled with life-sized treats on Saturday.
13 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Police Department)...

Police arrest suspect in stabbing death of 33-year-old man in Phoenix

Police arrested and charged a man with murder in the stabbing death of a 33-year-old man in Phoenix late Saturday, authorities said.
2 days ago
(Facebook File Photo/Phoenix Police Department)...

Man taken to hospital by family after being shot in Phoenix dies

A 33-year-old man who was taken to a hospital by family members Friday night after being shot in Phoenix has died.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet edges out cable for everyday use

In a world where technology drives so much of our daily lives, a lack of high-speed internet can be a major issue.
Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet can improve everyday life

Quantum Fiber supplies unlimited data with speeds up to 940 mbps, enough to share 4K videos with coworkers 20 times faster than a cable.

Key dates for Arizona sports fans to look forward to this fall

Fall brings new beginnings in different ways for Arizona’s professional sports teams like the Cardinals and Coyotes.
Signs point to higher turnout for Arizona Latino voters in November