Charlotte Talks: Hispanics Look To Mobilize For 2018 Vote

May 2, 2018

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Upwards of 8,000 people marched in uptown in February 2017 as part of "Day Without Immigrants" rallies.
Credit Tom Bullock / WFAE

Expectations of a Latino voting surge in 2016 didn’t pan out. Will the Trump administration’s moves on immigration send them to the polls this year? Guest host Kirstin Garriss examines the Hispanic vote, locally and nationally.

North Carolina voters join the march to the 2018 midterms next week with primaries for Congress and other offices.

Like with previous election cycles, there's a question of whether there will be a surge in Hispanic voters.

It hasn't come to fruition in recent presidential elections. In fact, even though Hispanic voter registration hit a record high in 2016, Hispanic turnout was actually down slightly.

Will the impasse over DACA and other immigration matters turn out the Hispanic vote in 2018? Locally, will the immigration-focused race for Mecklenburg County sheriff generate Latino votes?

Kirstin Garriss

GUEST HOST  

Kirstin Garriss, government reporter, Spectrum News Charlotte (@ReporterGarriss)

GUESTS

Jens Manuel Krogstad, Pew Research Center, studies Latino voter engagement (@jensmanuel)

Olma Echeverri, Civic Engagement Committee-Latin American Leadership

Jose Hernandez-Paris, executive director, Latin American Coalition

Margaret Commins, Queens University of Charlotte, political science professor 

Gregory Weeks, UNC Charlotte, chair of Department of Political Science and Public Administration (@GregWeeksCLT)

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