Lawmakers Want To Court Hispanic Vote
Posted April 30, 2002
RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina has one of the fastest growing Hispanic populations in the nation and politicians want to make sure they show up at the polls in November.
Campaign volunteers are working the phones to get out the vote, and they are doing it in Spanish. Political hopefuls are courting the Hispanic vote at forums with bumper stickers, fliers and Web sites.
According to the latest census numbers, nearly 400,000 Hispanics live in our state. More than 35,000 live in the Triangle.
"I think it's about time and they're doing a good job of it. Hispanics make up 5 percent of the population and politicians are taking notice," activist Tanya Riemer said.
Right now, the
State Board of Elections
only has 839 registered Latino voters, but no one knows how many Hispanic voters there are because they just started identifying them on voter registration forms in January.