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At risk of holding Barça presidential elections scheduled for January 24 | The State

The electoral campaign for the presidency of FC Barcelona should start this Friday with the three candidates who have passed the minimum number of signatures required, Joan Laporta, Víctor Font and Toni Freixa, but now everything is at risk of being realized, especially the voting date of the January 24th.

Specifically, depends on the meeting that the Generalitat of Catalonia with the departments of Health, Interior and Sports, which will have friday morning with the president of the Management Committee, Carles Tusquets and other representatives of the club to assess the health situation and make a decision about the electoral process.

In any case, there are three possible paths for these elections: that the voting date of January 24 be maintained, that it be postponed until a later date in which the electoral campaign is resumed at the same point and until there is an electoral suspension and the process must start over from scratch.

In fact, the Minister of Health, Alba Vergés announced this Thursday that the final decision on the postponement or not of the elections will be made by the club. “There is a technical meeting with the club in which Health will explain the same as in all places: the current epidemiological situation and what we can find next week.”

The candidate who was most forceful on the subject was Joan Laporta, who was the one who collected the most signatures of the three and decided that it would be “A fraud against democracy” that the elections were not held on January 24. In addition, he considered that “the Generalitat should not intervene because Barça is a private entity.”

Victor Font explained that “if the club does not provide an alternative way of voting to the one proposed no elections can be held on the 24th ″. And he added that the fact that “only 15,000 members could vote for the pandemic would lead to problems of legitimacy.”

Furthermore, he said that “It must be borne in mind that more than 40,000 members are over 60 years old”. That is why he asked that if necessary “efforts be made to change protocols and facilitate voting by mail.” In this sense, he explained that “it cannot be that there is not a single partner who is afraid to leave and cannot exercise their right to vote ”.

Toni Freixa, for its part, reported that “will respect all decisions of the Electoral Board”And asked that“ the elections guarantee maximum participation ”.

Of the postponement or not of the elections Transcendental issues depend for the Blaugrana club, such as the possibility that the new board of directors start making decisions to reverse the serious economic situation of the club or that it can make a transfer in the winter market, with Manchester City center-back Eric García as the main name.

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A reshuffle that smacks of elections

By shuffling his cards, Justin Trudeau continues to prepare for a possible snap election. Publicly, the federal Liberals swear that yesterday’s cabinet reshuffle is not a sign of an imminent election. Veteran Toronto Minister Navdeep Bains’ departure from political life forces this game of musical chairs, said Justin Trudeau. In reality, in the context of a minority government, federal parties are perpetually at war. That being said, the Prime Minister yesterday appointed a cabinet he believes is ready to campaign.

The hyperactive

Francois-Philippe Champagne

Age: 50 years

Profession: lawyer Ministry: Innovation, Science and Industry

By leaving Foreign Affairs for the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Industry, the member for Saint-Maurice – Champlain loses in prestige, but gains in visibility. This department risks being at the heart of the post-COVID economic recovery. A good communicator, Mr. Champagne is the perfect man to hand out checks and cut ribbons, which was not the strength of his predecessor, the quiet but efficient Navdeep Bains. The Liberals plan to spend $ 70 billion to $ 100 billion over the next few years to get the economy going after the pandemic. Mr. Champagne may therefore be very busy. He also has the advantage of coming from the regions of Quebec, a rare species in the Liberal caucus. Mr. Trudeau chose one of his best campaigners to help him take on the Bloc on the ground outside of Montreal.

The safe bet

Marc Garneau

Age: 71

Profession: astronaut Ministry: Foreign Affairs

Marc Garneau leaves Transports for Foreign Affairs. This change is timely for the Montreal MP. Mr. Garneau has been unable to come to terms with the airline industry calling for emergency help during the pandemic. We can imagine a difficult relationship between the parties. From a diplomatic standpoint, the departure of US President Donald Trump calms our relationship with the United States, despite the chaotic and bloody transition unfolding before our eyes. Day to day, the management of this relationship for the Trudeau government will no longer be a trap. Mr. Garneau knows this country well, having lived there for nine years. Two of his children were born there. Mr. Garneau leaves a mixed record with Transports, in which we must constantly put out fires. In Mr. Garneau, the Prime Minister has a sober, low-key diplomacy chief who will not make waves in this potentially election year. That does not mean that the member for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce – Westmount has his work cut out for him, while Canadians are still arbitrarily imprisoned in China.

The student

Omar Alghabra

Age: 51

Profession: engineer Ministry: Transport

This member of Parliament from the heart of Toronto will have his arms full. He inherits the Ministry of Transportation as the aviation industry experiences an unprecedented crisis. His predecessor, Marc Garneau, had been unable to come to an agreement with the big players in this sector who are asking for financial assistance from Ottawa. The federal government will also soon approve the purchase of the Quebec tour operator Air Transat by Air Canada. Unilingual Anglophone, Mr. Alghabra admitted at a press conference that he must familiarize himself with these files before commenting on them. The slope may be steep.

The scout

Jim carr

Age: 69

Profession: musician and journalist Minister without portfolio and special representative for the Prairies

Another clue that an election is approaching: Manitoban Jim Carr, Justin Trudeau’s special advisor for the Prairies, is entering cabinet. This former Minister of Natural Resources has fought a virulent cancer in recent years. His return to the ministerial family is an encouraging sign of his recovery. It is extremely rare for a minister to have no portfolio. Jim Carr will be the eyes and ears of Justin Trudeau on the Prairies, where the Liberals were almost wiped off the map in the last election, electing just four MPs. In Jim Carr, Justin Trudeau offers himself a scout in hostile terrain.

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Trump asked that they find 11,700 votes in Georgia to change the result of the elections | The State

President Trump remains furious that he lost the presidential election.

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President Donald Trump demanded that the Georgia secretary of state find the votes he lacked to turn the general election result in his favor.

The Washington Post revealed the content of a call from Trump to Brad Raffensperger, who is the official in charge of the electoral processes of Georgia, one of the states that consolidated the victory of Joe Biden.

Trump even threatened Raffensperger with criminal prosecution.

“Look, what I want is for you to seek the 11,780 votes, which is one more of what we have, because we won that state, “Trump said in part of the conversation. “The people of Georgia are angry, the people of the country are angry (…) And there is nothing wrong with saying, you know? I think your calculations have failed you“.

Here you can listen to the call:

Raffensperger ignored Trump’s claims. The election results will be certified by Congress on Wednesday despite opposition from lawmakers allied to Trump.

Trump has filed dozens of unsuccessful lawsuits to challenge the outcome without evidence in several key states where Biden won, and has also pressured state officials, including Georgia, to manipulate the American vote.

Biden’s victory became definitively official on December 14, when it was confirmed by the US Electoral College.

However, Trump has remained steadfast in his defiance of the election and hopes to overturn the result on January 6, when the two houses of Congress meet to ratify Biden’s victory, in a symbolic gesture that has won more. importance due to the opposition of the president.

The battle for Georgia

Georgia has become a key state for America’s future in the short term.

On January 5, Georgia holds elections in which the two senators who will occupy the two seats corresponding to that state in the Senate will be chosen, something that will help to decide which party has the majority in that chamber.

With information from EFE


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First phase of elections held for next Tibetan parliament-in-exile

Dharamsala, December 3

The first phase of the general election for the Tibetan parliament-in-exile was held on Sunday to elect the next Sikyong (president), officials said.

There are around 1.3 lakh Tibetans living in exile in India and across the globe. After Sunday’s first round of elections, the results will be declared on February 8.

The second and final round is scheduled to be held on April 11. The Tibetan government-in-exile will elect its head on May 14.

As many as 79,697 Tibetan voters have registered for the polls to elect members for the 17th parliament-in-exile. Out of the total voters, 55,683 are residing in India while the remaining 24,014 are registered from other parts of the globe.

The current Tibetan government-in-exile is headed by Lobsang Sangay, who completes his second term as its Sikyong (President). The headquarters of the Central Tibetan Administration is located in Dharamsala.

A record number of candidates are vying for the top political post with eight people in the fray.

The contenders include the representative of the Dalai Lama in Delhi and former CTA home minister Kasur Dongchung Ngodup, former representative of Dalai Lama to North America Kelsang Dorjee Aukatsang, former speaker of the parliament-in-exile Penpa Tsering and incumbent deputy speaker Acharya Yeshi Phuntosok.

Besides, over 150 candidates are contesting for the election to the parliament.

There were 12 polling stations for the voters in and around Dharamsala.

The second and final phase of the election is scheduled to be held on April 11.

Speaking to media, current Sikyong Sangay said despite the pandemic, Tibetans living in nearly 40 countries took part in the elections.

“Young and old. All are coming out and participating in the elections. So, this is a momentous and historical event because even though we are in exile, we are exercising a fundamental right whereby we are walking shoulder to shoulder with other democratic countries around the world…”, he said.

Sangay, a Harvard scholar, completes his second term as President of the CTA this year.

“The Tibetan democracy-in-exile reflects the true aspirations of our brothers and sisters inside Tibet,” said the incumbent Sikyong.

Important polling stations abroad in places like California, New York, Toronto, and London went through the voting process on Saturday itself, a day ahead of schedule.

Due to the prevailing COVID-19 situation, polling stations are being sanitised regularly with wearing face masks made mandatory. All votes were cast through the paper ballot system. PTI

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Latino vote in historic Georgia election | The State

Early voting began on December 14 in Georgia.

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On January 5, Georgia will vote to elect the two legislators who will represent the state in the United States Senate. The election will determine which party will control the Senate at the start of the presidency of Joe Biden, whose party has a majority in the House of Representatives. Our Hispanic Federation, in collaboration with the Latino Community Fund of Georgia (LCF Georgia) and Latino Victory, promotes in a practical way the electoral participation of the growing Latino community in that state.

“Our community of about a million people is quite new,” says Gigi Pedraza, Executive Director of LCF Georgia. “Most of the Latinos arrived around the 90’s, to work on the infrastructure works for the Olympic Games. That was the beginning of this community, which continues to grow rapidly ”.

It is a community that also votes in increasing numbers due in large part to the work of our organizations.

“Our team,” explains Frederick Vélez III Burgos, National Director of Civic Participation of the Hispanic Federation, “has called and sent messages to more than 45,000 Latino voters in Georgia, to remind them to go out and vote, and that the vote of our community it will be essential in determining the representatives of the state before the Senate ”.

In Georgia, early voting has been going on since the beginning of last week. And the voter numbers are phenomenal, including those of our people.

“In the November presidential elections,” comments Luis Miranda, founder and first President of our federation and current President of Latino Victory, “Latinos in Georgia voted in record numbers. And it should be remembered that on December 1, in a special DA election, or district attorney, for Clarke and Oconee counties, Deborah González became the first Puerto Rican to serve as DA in the continental United States. “

Last week, Lin Manuel Miranda and the members of Pearl Jam held an online conversation about art and commitment. Proceeds from the event, sponsored by the Hispanic Federation, were donated to encourage Hispanic participation in the Georgia election.

But is there something we can do individually to help this cause? Gigi Pedraza thinks so.

“If you have friends, acquaintances or relatives in Georgia,” says the leader, “this is the time to call them and remind them that every vote counts, because that vote can decide the balance of the Senate. If you want to do something else, send us masks, alcohol, masks… We have a huge number of volunteers who are in the streets, and if you can send us something to protect them, we will appreciate it. Furthermore, it is very important that they feel that they are not alone ”.

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And to learn more about the Hispanic Federation, call our bilingual line at 1-866-HFAYUDA, or 1-866-432-9832, or visit ..

Put on your masks and maintain six feet (or two meters) of social distance to fight the coronavirus!

On the 30th anniversary of the Hispanic Federation, until the next column!

And have a Merry Christmas!

-Frankie Miranda is the president of the Hispanic Federation


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New York’s Budget Depends on Georgia Elections, According to Mayor De Blasio | The State

Trash: one of NYC’s big problems

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio admitted yesterday that he is literally putting his next budget into a federal aid package that will likely only pass if his Democratic party achieves two big victories in Georgia in January.

The opposite would be to begin to draw up a ‘Plan B’ to close the projected deficit of $ 3.8 billion until those elections are decided in January, he said New York Post.

De Blasio made the remarks just after admitting during his daily press conference that he was It is unlikely that New York City, or any city or state government, would receive a coronavirus ransom from Washington this year.

The remarks came as there was still movement in Washington on a new coronavirus aid package, but one that will likely not include bailouts for state and local governments. Both De Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo rely on federal aid to prevent dramatic service cuts and fights with powerful unions over wages and benefits.

“We don’t know what will happen in the elections in Georgia, we don’t know what will happen in the Senate,” De Blasio told reporters. “We know that Mitch McConnell (Republican Majority Leader in the Upper House) has consistently gotten in the way of helping localities (cities, counties, states across the country that are suffering) and Mitch McConnell continues to block aid for them”.

McConnell will retain his post as the powerful Senate Majority Leader unless the Democrats manage to carry out a sweep in both Georgia elections in January.

New York’s reliance on Georgia voters comes despite weeks of criticism from government groups that the mayor should get changes in labor standards, benefit cuts and other savings from the unions to get his municipal government in order.

“NYC must take steps to stabilize finances and most of it should focus on restructuring government and working to save money in the long run,” summed up Andrew Rein, chairman of the Citizen Budget Commission (CBC), “a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization seeking constructive change in the finances and services of the city and state of New York.”

On the eve, in the same vein of making a call to Washington DC, the deficit Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), governing the New York Subway and other suburban systems, approved its 2021 budget, noting that the final situation will depend a lot on the support they receive from the federal government. The MTA estimates a deficit of $ 8 billion through 2024.


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You can now vote in the Georgia elections for the federal senate | The State

This Monday the voting of the elections for Georgia’s two seats in the federal Senate began, a process that will steal attention in the coming weeks as it defines the country’s legislative future for the next two years.

The contest pits the Democratic candidates, the journalist Jon Ossoff and the African American Rev. Raphael Warnock, against Republican senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, respectively.

The first voting centers opened at 7 a.m., and in several of them lines had already formed from early hours, as in the State Farm Arena, where the Atlanta Hawks – the professional basketball team – play in the center of the capital of Georgia, one of the largest voting sites in the state.

For this early voting period, which lasts for three weeks, a high influx of voters is expected, because the control of the Senate in Washington is at stake, however, some of the most populous counties in the state have enabled fewer polling places, especially in minority communities, according to civil rights groups.

One of them was Cobb, with the third largest population in the state (760,000 inhabitants), which significantly reduced the number of voting sites compared to those enabled for the November general elections, by reducing the sites from eleven to five, arguing that it lacked staff to open them all.

“While the closures are likely to negatively affect many Cobb County voters, we are especially concerned that these closures are detrimental to Cobb County’s Black and Latino voters because many of the locations are in Black and Latinx communities,” he warned. he Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), among other various organizations.

More places to vote

Faced with the barrage of criticism, Cobb announced at the last minute that it would open two more sites in the last week of early voting.

Another county that reduced the number of polling stations was Hall, where it is located the city of Gainesville, the so-called “chicken capital of the world,” an industry that employs thousands of Hispanics, which cut the number of locations in half, from eight to four, as well as Forsyth, that he opened only five of the eleven that he qualified for the general elections.

The early voting period begins the same week that President-elect Joe Biden is scheduled to accompany Democratic candidates to a campaign rally in Atlanta, on his first visit to Georgia since he won the presidency.

This Monday, in fact, the Electoral College will cast its votes to ratify the victory of the Democrat in the presidential elections.

Given the rebound in cases of coronavirus in Georgia, for these elections more than 1.2 million voters have already requested absentee ballots to vote by mail or deposit them in polls enabled in different parts of the state, a number similar to that registered in the elections of the November 3.

According to Stacey Abrams, who runs Fair Fight, the organization he founded two years ago after losing the Georgia gubernatorial election to Republican Brian Kemp and one of the key figures in Biden’s victory in this state, of that more than a million people who plan to vote by mail There are 85,000 voters who did not participate in the November elections and who “They are young and of color”, a key group for Democrats.

The polls predict a close election, as in the last elections in Georgia, where Biden beat the President Donald Trump by a narrow margin of less than 12,000 votes, but that earned him the first victory of a Democratic presidential candidate in this state since the 1990s when Bill Clinton won.


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Trump will continue to dispute the results of the elections he lost to Biden | The State

Outgoing President Donald Trump.

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Neither the Supreme Court’s rejection of an electoral demand stops Donald Trump from contesting the results of the elections he lost against Democrat Joe Biden.

The outgoing president announced this Sunday that his battle to overturn the results of the election is far from over.

“No, it is not over,” Trump told Fox & Friends Weekend. “We will continue fighting, we will continue forward.”

The Electoral College meets this Monday to proclaim Biden as president-elect, something that several media already did. Trump and his allies tried all kinds of lawsuits to change the results, but all efforts have been in vain. The last hope I had was a Texas lawsuit before the Supreme Court, but this did not prosper either.

Trump continued to denounce electoral fraud during the show, but never offered evidence.

“No judge has had the courage [de ver la supuestas pruebas]including the Supreme Court, ”Trump said. “I am so disappointed in them. No judge, including the United States Supreme Court, has had the courage to let it go unheard. “

Attacks on Governor of Georgia

Trump followed up with his attacks on Georgia Governor Brian Kemp for refusing to revoke the results. The outgoing president assured that Kemp It will cost the Senate elections to Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, who on January 5 are measured in a second round of Democratic candidates, which defines the future of the legislative body.

“We have a governor, a Republican governor, who is worse than a Democrat. It’s terrible, and it’s hurting a lot Kelly and DavidSenators who are great people, ”Trump said.



No elections until pandemic ends, says O’Toole

Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole assured Sunday that his party will not push Justin Trudeau’s minority government to hold an election before the pandemic is over.

“We must go through the health and economic crisis of COVID-19 before going to the elections,” said Mr. O’Toole as he gave his moods in an interview on the show Question Period from CTV.

“I don’t believe we should have an election until we have gone through the biggest crisis of our lives,” he added, even though his party voted this fall against Liberal proposals in confidence votes. , forcing Justin Trudeau’s troops to gain the support of another opposition party in order to stay in power.

Despite everything, the conservative leader assured that he intended to continue to question the government relentlessly on its management of the pandemic, denouncing in passing the opacity of the vaccination plan.

“[Pourquoi] the government is also secret about the number [de doses] who will arrive this month? Do we have the refrigeration capacity to keep Pfizer’s vaccine at -70 ° C? How will it be distributed to aboriginal, northern and rural communities? There are still many questions, ”denounced Mr. O’Toole.

While waiting for the end of the pandemic, the Conservative Party intends to continue to prepare for a possible election, which Mr. O’Toole hopes to see focus on the various stimulus plans that the federal parties will propose to voters to get Canada out of the economic slump. generated by COVID-19.

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Obama criticizes Hispanics who voted for Trump in the last elections | The State

Some controversial statements.

Some Hispanics who supported Donald Trump this past election they ignored the current president’s anti-immigration rhetoric because of his position on issues such as abortion.

That is what former US President Barack Obama said this week in an interview, which generated controversy in the country.

Exit polls showed that Trump obtained a higher percentage of the so-called “Latino vote” in 2020 – a concept that groups some 32 million people – than in the 2016 elections.

The Republican president won the support of about 32% of voters from this diverse demographic in 2020, up 28% from 4 years ago.

In an interview with the podcast The Breakfast Club on Wednesday, Obama spoke of that support for Trump by Latinos.

“People were surprised that many of the Latino friends will vote for Trump ”, Obama pointed out, while speaking of the president’s harsh immigration policy, which made it one of the pillars of his government.

“But there are many Hispanic evangelicals for whom the fact that Trump says racist things about Mexicans or puts detained undocumented workers in cages is less important than the fact that he supports their views on gay marriage or abortion“, I consider.

Obama participated in the program as part of the promotion of his new book “A Promised Land”, which sold 1.7 million copies in North America in its first week.

The former president also considered in the interview that Trump’s Republican party has encouraged white men to see themselves as victims.

“In Republican politics, you see how the idea has been created that white men are victims (…) That they are the ones under attack, something that obviously does not fit with history, nor the data, nor with the economy” .

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Despite the fact that Trump lost these last elections, more than 70 million people voted for him. (Photo: Reuters)

It is unclear what exactly Obama was referring to when he alluded to same-sex marriage.

A week after being elected in 2016, Trump said he agreed with the Supreme Court’s decision to allow same-sex marriage, even though he had told CNN a year earlier that he advocated for “Traditional marriage.”

Early in his run for the presidency in 2008, Obama actually opposed gay marriage, although in 2012 he said he was in favor.

In these past elections, Trump won 28% of the LGBT vote, the highest percentage that a Republican presidential candidate has won since George W. Bush in 2000.

Another of the most controversial parts of Obama’s statements was his reference to the cages”, Alluding to the facilities on the border where hundreds of children who had been separated from their parents were locked up in 2018 under Trump’s policy, the toughest to date in that regard.

However, these types of enclosures were built during the Obama presidency. Some 60,000 unaccompanied minors detained on the southern border of the United States with Mexico were transferred to those enclaves and kept there during the summer of 2014.

A woman holds up a sign that says Latinos for Trump.
In Florida, for example, the support of Latinos was critical to Trump’s victory in that state. (Photo: Getty Images)

The Obama administration also separated migrant children from adults at the border, although only in exceptional circumstances.

Trump, for his part, has been harshly criticized for his words during the launch of his presidential campaign in 2015, when he said the following about Mexican migrants: “They bring drugs. They bring crime. They are rapists. And some, I suppose, are good people. “

“A vague analysis”

Criticism of Obama’s comments, especially from Republican ranks, was not long in coming.

Republican pollster Frank Luntz considered that Obama’s statements reflected a “Vague analysis” of the situation, which “will surely become the general opinion of his followers: ‘The people who don’t support us are fanatics.”

Steve Cortes, one of the advisers to this recent Trump campaign and a strategist specializing in the Latino vote, considered that Obama had insulted this demographic group.

“Despite how important the fundamental questions about life, it was economic factors that led the majority of working-class voters to vote for Trump, including Latinos. “

“Some Democrats believe that they can criticize the religious values ​​and beliefs of Hispanics and still win their vote by playing the race card,” Texas Governor Greg Abbot tweeted.

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“The Latino vote”

As the BBC Mundo correspondent in Los Angeles and specialist in issues affecting Latinos, Patricia Sulbarán, wrote, “the narrative of the Latino vote has accompanied electoral cycles for decades, but experts point out that the term encompasses myths that in this election were clearly dismantled ”.

“The experiences of Latinos in the United States are vast and very diverse depending on factors such as educational level, socioeconomic status, and geographic location,” the journalist explained.

“Despite strong and common ties such as the use of the Spanish language, identity definitions also vary according to other elements such as religion and family upbringing (…) and since all these factors form political opinions and positions, it is normal that there are Latinos who support candidates of both parties ”.

Hispanic community in the US [ 60,6 millones de personas de origen latino/hispano viven en EEUU ] [ 18% de la población del país. De ellos... ],[ 32 millones son elegibles para votar este 3 de noviembre. ],[ 8 de cada 10 latinos registrados para votar lo hacen. ], Source: Pew Research Center and UnidosUS, Image: Two young Latinos in the United States

And it is that speaking of the “Latino vote” as a single one implies that it is a group of people who share the same points of view, “and although there are coincidences, not everyone thinks the same ”, BBC Mundo was highlighted by Mark López, director of Global Migration and Demographic Research at the Pew Research Center, based in Washington.

Among the total of Latinos with the right to vote in the country, 59% are Mexican or Mexican-American, 14% are Puerto Ricans, 5% of Cuban origin and 22% of other Hispanic origins, according to figures from the Pew Center of 2016.

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