There have been recent articles discussing how a new political action committee (PAC), launched by two Democratic Mexican-American lawmakers, has been concentrating on the Hispanic community. I think this is a great effort to get the Hispanic community to go out and become more involved in politics by voting. Now are the Democrats just informing the Hispanics on the upcoming elections or is this a form of gathering votes for the Democratic party?
The PAC is called the One Texas PAC and will be concentrating on supporting Hispanic candidates for the Texas Legislature. Although the efforts are good, I would have liked that the PAC concentrate more on informing the Hispanic community on voting, not just gathering voters for their desired candidates, but that's what PAC's do isn't it? The plan for the PAC is to go and mobilize Hispanic voters to districts where they can make a difference in elections.
Yes, the Hispanic minority is growing and will eventually become the majority, but are political parties trying to take advantage of this? Most likely. The recent Voter ID issue had claims flying all over the media, "Republicans Aim to Keep Obama Voters From Ballot Box," "Does the Texas Voter ID Law Discriminate Against Blacks, Hispanics?" So it makes sense that the Democrats are trying to gain the Hispanic community in Texas to influence the upcoming elections.
According to the article, the voter turnout for Hispanics in Texas is half the rate of the turnout in California. So why are the Democrats investing in a PAC for Hispanics in Texas? This could be the start of the Democratic part's return in dominance. With this PAC's plan to support Hispanic candidates, directly engage with the voters, and mobilize the voters to districts where they can influence elections the Democrats may begin a small set up to increase their dominance in Texas Legislature.
Although I'm quite excited to see that the Democrats are trying to get the Hispanic community involved in politics, I'm not happy with the way they are trying to influence them for more votes.
The Associated Press. "Democrats start group to mobilize Hispanic voters." Article. The Daily Texan. Published July 26, 2012. Accessed July 26, 2012.
Reber, Pat. "Republicans Aim to Keep Obama Voters From Ballot Box." Article. Hispanic Business. Published July 25, 2012. Accessed
July 26, 2012.
Ramirez, Rosa. "Does the Texas Voter ID Law Discriminate Against Blacks, Hispanics?." Article. National Journal. Published July 16, 2012. Accessed
July 26, 2012.