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Making The Hispanic Vote Great [AGAIN] On Election Day [Editorial]
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*This is not an endorsement of any kind. Just an editorial on the Hispanic vote and the experiences/opinions of the writer.
Well...we are here.
It has been months of “bad hombres,” “nasty women,” sexist comments, reports on illegally stolen e-mails, and SNL skits it is officially November 8, also known to the United States as Election Day.
The anxiety continued to grow as I pulled up to my polling location in New Jersey to choose the next President of the United States. I looked back in this long, and exhausting election season where for once I was more annoyed than excited. It was more about the theatrics than the policies that will continue to evolve this country for the next few years. A reality star vs a polished politician who will not only be the first female president of our country, but who’s husband served in the same role after being elected in 1992.
As a Latino, and more specifically Puerto Rican, this election season has not answered the questions I had throughout its entire season.
I am part of one of the biggest most important groups in this nation who are coming out in record numbers. According to the Miami Herald, 911,000 Hispanics have used the early voting privilege including absentee ballots. Of that number more than a third did not even vote in 2012.
This surge can help swing the vote in battleground states such as Florida where 15% of those listed as Hispanic have already voted versus 12% during the entire election in 2012. Texas, which usually votes Republican, has also seen an increase on the Hispanic vote. States like Nevada, New Mexico, and Colorado as well. This bodes well for Clinton as she looks to capitalize on the negativity offered this election season.
Issues such as immigration, has been a big topic this election. We all know the big ass wall Donald Trump claims will block this problem from happening while thinking Mexico is going to pay for it (ha). On top of that some of the other top issues for Hispanics include the economy, health care, terrorism, and education according to a Pew-Research survey.
"About half (52%) of Latinos say jobs are difficult to find in their community, a share similar to blacks and whites. At the same time, the unemployment rate for Latinos has improved over the past year, standing at 5.8% in the second quarter of 2016, down from 6.7% a year ago. However, it remains above the 4.7% national average for non-Hispanics."
"Hispanics had a median household income of $42,500 in 2014, compared with $53,700 for all households. Hispanics had a 23.6% poverty rate in 2014, compared with 14.8% among all households, according to the U.S. Census Bureau."
As a Puerto Rican, I have to look at what is going on in the United States territory. They are in a massive $70 billion debt, defaulting on their loans, and are blocked from declaring bankruptcy.
New Progressive Party candidate Ricardo Rossello has an 8-point lead in the polls there, and in strong support of making the island the 51st state, a debate that has gone on for decades. If it passes, I must think of the leader I feel will help lead that state as best as possible.
I have looked hard at third party candidates such as Jill Stein, and Gary Johnson. I studied the ballot questions in New Jersey, and looked at who I wanted to represent the state in the Senate. At the end I made the choice that wasn’t my favorite, wasn’t enthusiastic about, but I felt was necessary to continue the growth of this nation.
Welcome to Election 2016.