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.