Hispanics Might Skip Midterm Election, Leading to Tougher Immigration Laws

Despite the fact that immigration issues have become a central theme of the 2010 midterm elections, a new poll finds that many Hispanic voters are disillusioned and might not vote at all. Meanwhile, voters who are in favor of Arizona-style laws are fired up and ready to vote, resulting in a climate that might see tougher immigration laws implemented across the nation.

According to the New York Times, a new poll by the Pew Hispanic Center shows that only 51 percent of registered Hispanic voters say they will undoubtedly hit the polls November 2. That's low compared to 70 percent of all registered voters who say they'll certainly vote.

"Experts say that though many voters are disillusioned with the political process, Latino voters are particularly dejected, and many of them may sit these elections out," reports The Times.

Meanwhile, the political climate seems to favor candidates who approve of laws in the vein of Arizona's controversial new rules.

Though issues such as education, jobs, and health care are ultimately more important to Hispanic voters, a low turnout might be a windfall for anti-immigration candidates.

In Florida's Senate race, all three candidates, including Cuban-American Republican Marco Rubio, seem to be wary of such laws. But the issue has taken center stage in the governor's race.

Republican candidate Rick Scott staked his early primary campaign on bringing Arizon-style laws to Florida, while Democrat Alex Sink favors other approaches to immigrations reform.

It's unclear, however, if a higher Hispanic turnout would favor Sink. According to a Mason-Dixon poll taken last month, Scott is leading Sink among Hispanics 46 to 37 percent, drawing mainly from Miami's Cuban-American community, which might not feel the effects of tougher immigration laws.

[NYTimes: Disillusioned, Hispanics May Skip Midterms, Poll Suggests]

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Kyle Munzenrieder