Election 2012: Register to Vote Before the Deadline

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Registering to vote is a crucial first step in fulfilling not just your duty as a U.S. citizen, but it’s important to look past the media hype and ask yourself why is this election important?

Because of 2010 – it’s not just when the Tea Party showed their power in the House of Representatives, it's when the Latino population boom was confirmed by the 2010 U.S. Census. On top of that, our buying power tops (fasten your seat belts) $1 trillion dólares.

¡Downer alert! Our political and social representation doesn't match our demographic might or buying power. Our voting record is described in reports as "entrenched voter non-participation".

Ouch.

Unfortunately, it's true. After the 2008 election, everyone busted out their maracas and marveled at the "record" numbers of Latinos who cast ballots. Drill down and only about half of Hispanics who were eligible voted, compared to 65 percent of eligible African-Americans and 66 percent of whites according to the Pew Hispanic Center.

The deadline to register to vote is coming up soon, with Tuesday, October 9, 2012 "D" day for dozens of states including Arizona, Colorado, Florida, New Mexico, Ohio, and Texas. Click here for more information on voter registration deadlines.

Registering to vote has never been this easy. In many states, the traditional way requires you to do very little more than check the "register to vote" box when you apply for or renew your driver’s license or photo ID.

Websites and apps make it literally, as easy as clicking your mouse (some will send you text and email reminders)!

Tell Us: Are you registered to vote?

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