A crucial election is coming up this November. The next president could decide the future of Medicare and Medicaid, access to birth control, and the direction of the economy. And the election could hinge on which way Latinos decide to vote.
Today Show Reporter Natalie Morales is hosting “We Decide,” a live Town Hall that will talk about how the presidential candidates are addressing issues important to Latinos. It airs on nuvoTV Sunday, August 19 at 8 p.m. and will allow people live and online to engage with the show. A panel of high-profile experts including former Governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson and political activist Janet Murguia will talk about immigration, unemployment, education, and healthcare.
The scary thing and something that always surprises me during election season is voter turnout. I find it unbelievable how many people don’t vote and I’m saddened that the lowest voter turnout is among Latinos. According to the Pew Research Center only 50 percent of eligible Latinos voted in 2008 compared to 66 percent of eligible whites and 65 percent of eligible African Americans.
This is at a time when there is so much at stake for Latinos. President Obama issued an executive order in June that allows undocumented immigrants under the age of 30 who were brought to the United States before they were 16 to apply for a temporary relief from deportation. The order is only for 2 years and presidential candidate Mitt Romney has not said whether he will rescind the order if elected president.
And it’s not just immigration that can be an issue for Latinos. Education and poverty are two issues that I wish the presidential candidates would talk about more. This statistic breaks my heart: 6.1 million Latino children are living in poverty in the United States, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, and the Latino poverty rate was 26.6 percent in 2010 compared to 20 percent in 2006. It was the largest increase than any other group. I have to believe that the poverty rate has something to do with this percentage: 41 percent of Latinos over 20 have no high school diploma. That’s 41 percent. Shocking.
What issues are important to other Latinos? What issues will get them to the polls this November? Watch “We Decide” Sunday night and find out. Click here to find out how you to find nuvoTV.
This was a sponsored post in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and nuvoTV. Yvonne Condes is the Editor and co-Founder of MomsLA, a Community of the Top Mom Bloggers in Los Angeles, and her opinions are her own.