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Surveys recently done by Resurgent Republic - a right of center polling firm - show overwhelming support in Florida, Colorado, and New Mexico in the Hispanic community for Voter ID laws.  These surveys raise an interesting political question.  If the Latino community supports Voter ID laws by substantial margins, why is a pro-immigrant outfit like Voces de la Frontera challenging Wisconsin's Voter ID law on behalf of the Hispanic community?

Voces claims that Wisconsin's new Voter ID legislation is "a repressive law aimed at deterring Latino voters from coming to the polls."  It's an interesting assessment actually, but it appears that the majority of Latinos in the only three states polled feel different.  In Florida, 88% of Latinos surveyed said they support Voter ID laws while 73% in New Mexico and 71% in Colorado support Voter ID laws as well.

As stated before, Voces claims that the Voter ID law was intended to repress Latino voters.  But unless they recently developed an uncanny ability to read minds, there is no authenticatable way Voces can know that the law's intent is for anything other than protecting the integrity of the ballot.  So again, if the Hispanic community is supportive of Voter ID laws, then presumably they are not supportive of lawsuits contrary to establishing them.  If Voces' lawsuit is not on behalf of Latinos, then on whose behalf are they suing?

The likely answer is that they are suing on behalf of Wisconsin's Democrat Party.  Let us explain.

Voces is an exceedingly partisan organization known for doing the bidding of Democrats in the past.  For instance, during the Madison protests, leaders of Voces de la Frontera were forcibly removed from a Legislative Budget Hearing by state troopers in an attempt to stop or retard the expansion of school choice.  Ironically, their act of civil disobedience was in protest of an educational reform concept - voucher or scholarship schools - also supported by a large majority of the Hispanic community.

Again, if Voces is opposing the expansion of school choice, then on whose behalf are they doing it?  The Hispanic community is largely supportive of voucher and charter schools, so shouldn't Voces de la Frontera - the voice of Milwaukee's Latino community - consult with us?  Nay, they consult with the Democrat Party, which explains their opposition to Voter ID, School Choice, collective bargaining reform, and state redistricting that had created a second majority voting age district.

A study conducted by the University of Missouri showed that Indiana's voter turnout had increased by 2% after passing their Voter ID law.  The Heritage Foundation did a similar study and found no voter deterrence as a result of Voter ID laws.  A study done by the University of Delaware and the University of Nebraska's showed that Voter ID laws have virtually no effect on voter turnout, and therefore did not depress minority voters.  Increased voter turnouts in Georgia and Alabama after Voter ID laws were implemented have also shown that safeguards against fraud do not necessarily turn away voters - especially Latino voters.

Conclusion

Voces de la Frontera is not fighting for Wisconsin Latinos.  We sincerely appreciate some of the work they have done in uniting the Hispanic community, but their liberal agenda is having a polarizing effect on our community.  Voces' recent lawsuits are highly partisan, radically divisive, and conveniently self-serving.  We ask for them to be honest with Latinos.  We ask for them to concede that these lawsuits are not on behalf of Latinos, but meant to advance a Democrat agenda.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments (2)
  • Ed Fallone  - You Define the Community Too Narrowly

    Hispanic households in high immigration areas tend to be "blended households": some family members are citizens, some are lawful permanent residents, and some extended family may be undocumented. Voces de la Frontera has done exemplary work in combatting legal and policy initiatives that attempt to break families into component pieces, whether these initiatives are immigration policies that split families or whether they take the form of voting restrictions that place hurdles in front of citizen family members before they can vote. Voces de la Frontera demands that lawmakers recognize that every member of the Hispanic community is a human being, and that policies affecting the community should be designed in the interests of the entire community and NOT designed solely to benefit (and win the political support of) the narrower segment of the community that is eligible to vote. It is a demand for justice for the entire community, not just parts of it. This is not a partisan agenda. This is a family-based, and faith-based, agenda.

  • Aaron M. Rodriguez

    Ed,

    Your criticism is noted. Perhaps the polling done in Colorado, New Mexico, and Florida tapped the voting population of the Latino community, but there is really no reason to suppose so. And like you intimated, these families are blended, which means their opinion may reflect that very diversity.

    However, I noticed you did not address the other assertions of my piece that Voces is a highly partisan organization that largely does the bidding of the Democrat Party - and over issues that the Latino community largely supports.

    And also, there is no evidence to date that Voter ID laws repress Latino voters or any other minority voting group. Indiana's Voter ID law is a good example that supports the opposition's point.

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