Engaging the Latino Vote in California

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A multi-language'Vote Here sign' leads to the voting room as a man who'd just cast his vote steps out on election day at Brooklyn Avenue Elementary School in the primarily Latino East LA neighborhood of Boyle Heights on November 8, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

Latinos comprise 34 percent of California's adult population but just 18 percent of its likely voters, according to the Public Policy Institute of California. Experts say that language barriers, limited outreach by campaigns and misconceptions about eligibility contribute to a persistently low Latino voter turnout in the state. We'll discuss the social and political impacts of low voting rates among Latinos and hear what's being done to increase engagement.

Mentioned on Air:

The Next Populist Revolution Will Be Latino (The Atlantic)


Luis Alvarado, Republican public affairs consultant

Lisa Garcia Bedolla, chancellor's professor of education and political science, U.C. Berkeley, author, "Latino Politics" and "Mobilizing Inclusion: Transforming the Electorate Through Get-Out-the-Vote Campaigns"

Mark Hugo Lopez, director of hispanic research, Pew Research Center

Randy Villegas, UC Santa Cruz phd student working with Central Valley Freedom Summer Project