We've been hearing about the surge in Latinos registering to vote in states like California, Nevada, and Colorado. But it's happening all over. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Thursday that in Georgia, with only 2% Hispanic population, 16,000+ registered to vote between last October and April. That's an increase of nearly 20% over the usual rate. This surge will likely increase as we get closer to the November election.
The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials projects that 13.1 million Latino-identified voters will cast ballots in the November election. Republicans continue to whistle past the graveyard, claiming that their policies appeal more to Hispanics than do the Democrats' policies; so they expect to do very well with this demographic.
They should listen to their presumptive standard bearer, Mr. Donald Trump. Not to his empty boast that "The Hispanics love me," but to the anti-immigrant policies and derogatory comments he makes about Mexicans and immigrants in general. He is the spark igniting this surge to register -- so they can vote against him.