Latino State News
As Black Wards Add Voters, Latino Wards Fall Behind
Since November’s midterm elections, Chicago has seen a jump in the number of registered voters, but Latinos do not seem to be registering as much as their fellow minorities, the African-American population.
Wards with predominantly black populations saw the biggest jump in registered voters, while mostly Latino wards saw the smallest. If voters vote along racial lines, the 5.5 percent increase in black wards could be good for Carol Moseley Braun, the most well-known African-American mayoral candidate.
On the other hand, the mere 3.2 percent increase in registered Latino voters could mean trouble for Latino candidates Gery Chico, Miguel del Valle, and Rahm Emanuel.
Overall, the city’s voter registration increased 4.25 percent, accounting for the addition of 56,000 new voters, and those are only the numbers as of last Wednesday. The registration deadline for the upcoming election doesn’t close until January 25th.