Latino vote

David Martin Davies / TPR News

In the political battles over voting rights in Texas frequently the accusation is made that redistricting and voter ID are driven by attempts to reduce the impact of minority voters in the state. It’s a charge that the Republicans behind the laws and maps flatly deny. However a new book “Latinos and the Voting Rights Act,” builds a case that voter ID and redistricting are designed exactly to reduce Hispanic voter outcomes.

   

Texas continues to be a hot bed for testing what can be done with a gutted Voting Rights Act. This week five residents of Pasadena Texas filed a lawsuit against their City Council. They say a recently reconfiguring of the city's council districts dilutes the Latino vote. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund is joining the case. Nina Perales is MALDEF’s Vice President of Litigation and lead counsel in the case.

David Martin Davies / TPR News

On Fronteras:
-- There was a lot of expectation and many predictions about the so-called “Latino vote” in the 2014 elections. We get a full recap from the polling and research firm, Latino Decisions.
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Ryan E. Poppe

Casting his ballot ahead of Tuesday’s election, Republican Gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott remains confident about his chances amongst likely Hispanic voters. Abbott predicts his campaign will win a majority of votes throughout the Rio Grande Valley.

The lines for early voting were longer than in 2010, including for the Republican candidate for governor, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who waited to cast a ballot for himself before the last day of early voting. 

Ahead of the midterm elections, Michel Martin is visiting Charlotte, N.C., to learn more about Latino voters' growing influence in the state. Join Michel for a Facebook chat from 4:30-5 p.m. ET today as she answers questions and shares more on her reporting.

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