Hispanic registration off in Florida? Or not?

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In a weekend Washington Post piece (via the News Service of Florida), there’s an interesting mention of something going on in Florida that would  be important in the upcoming election: according to the Post, there’s a marked  decline in voter registration among Hispanics, including a 10 percent dropoff in Florida.

There’s little about what might be going on specifically in Florida – and generally this is the piece’s main offer of an explanation:

“The only explanation out there is the massive job loss and home mortgage foreclosures, which disproportionately affected minorities,” said Antonio Gonzalez, president of the William C. Velasquez Institute, a nonpartisan policy group that focuses on Latinos. “When you move, you lose your registration.”

But the WaPo figures are from the Census and this morning’s Election Law Blog raises questions about whether the figures are right. And actually if you look at state figures – Hispanic registration appears to be up.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.