Hispanic, Black Voter Rolls Drop
Could be bad news for Obama, Democrats
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 5, 2012 5:49 AM CDT
The number of black and Hispanic registered voters has dropped.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – For the first time in almost 40 years, the number of Hispanic registered voters has plummeted—both nationally, by 5% since 2008, and in important swing states. In New Mexico, numbers have fallen 28%; in Florida it's 10%. Meanwhile, the number of black registered voters has dropped 7% nationally—all ahead of an election in which minority voters could turn the tide, the Washington Post reports. There's only one explanation, says the head of a Latino policy group: the poor economy.

"Massive job loss and home mortgage foreclosures ... disproportionately affected minorities," he notes. And "when you move, you lose your registration." That's something many people don't realize. On top of that, new voter registration rules, such as those requiring state-issued ID to vote, are making things more complicated. Both parties are focusing on ensuring their voters are registered; indeed, the Obama campaign is pushing registration much earlier than is usual in the election cycle. "They have five months to get the electorate looking the way they want," says a Democratic strategist.

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Antone123
May 9, 2012 1:28 PM CDT
The Republicans have been working on how to reduce the voting population for the past 5 years. They know that that will give them a chance to win these elections. But they are running into big problems with it being legal. My bet is before the 2012 elections this voter ID laws will be found unconstitutional . The Cock brothers, have again wasted a lot of their money organizing this campaign to to stop the vote of Hispanics ,Black voters, and the Poor. They will not succeed.
USLady
May 7, 2012 9:15 AM CDT
Sure? Obama is real concerned about the voters being registered? ( At the nearest cemetery! ) he could careless as long as he can get a vote legally or illegally.Romney will only get legal votes! he would never go against the law or have to stoop so low as to pay someone to dig up some dead peoples votes to add to the poll and votes! nope! Romney would never be low and crooked and do illegal actions as Obama has done to this country to try to deceive and just get his way.
cornelison
May 7, 2012 2:28 AM CDT
The President had no comment when the ID laws were passed in several States. Those laws are designed to be discriminatory. They violate The Constitution & Americans' civil rights.