Voting laws may disenfranchise 10m Hispanic US citizens: Study
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - New voting laws in 23 of the 50 states could keep more than 10 million Hispanic United States citizens from registering and voting, a new study said on Sunday, a number so large it could affect the outcome of the Nov 6 election.
The Latino community accounts for more than 10 per cent of eligible voters nationally. But the share in some states is high enough that keeping Hispanic voters away from the polls could shift some hard-fought states from support for Democratic President Barack Obama and help his Republican rival, Mr Mitt Romney.
The new laws include purges of people suspected of not being citizens in 16 states that unfairly target Latinos, the civil rights group Advancement Project said in the study to be formally released on Monday.
Laws in effect in one state and pending in two others require proof of citizenship for voter registration.