CHICAGO • Depending on which political prognosticators you listen to, Latinos won't show up at the polls this November either because the presidential candidates aren't palatable or because Latinos just don't vote.
Both of these scenarios are plausible and neither is good for democracy in a country where Hispanics represent a steadily increasing percentage of the population.
It's no secret that a lot of Hispanics who are eligible to vote have been turned off by the Republican candidate because of his strident anti-Latino rhetoric and hardline views on curbing illegal immigration. But that doesn't guarantee that those who are eligible will automatically cast a vote for Hillary Clinton when the time comes.
In early August, Chuck Rocha, the founder of Solidarity Strategies, a political consulting firm that focuses on Latinos, re-iterated the issue of underfunded Latino voter-mobilization efforts: "We work with a majority of the Latino nonprofits in the country, and everyone's budgets and fundraising for registration efforts are significantly less than four years ago. We just got money to register 20,000 Latinos in North Carolina. We got the contract yesterday. We needed it three months ago."
Part of the problem is surely that Democratic-leaning organizations are assuming that Latino voters are so scared of the pain that a Donald Trump presidency might bring on them and their families that they will be highly motivated to vote in November.
That's not necessarily the case.