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***Livestreaming Panel from Netroots Nation: Saturday June 9th at 10:30 AM Eastern***
Washington, DC – America’s Voice is convening a panel at Netroots Nation 2012, entitled, “Latino Vote Matters: Immigration, Power, and an Interactive Look at the Map” on Saturday, June 9th, at 10:30AM. The panel, viewable via livestream here, will be led by America’s Voice Political Director Adam Luna and will feature an impressive array of panelists, including Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), one of the nation’s leading champions of immigrant and Latino communities; Markos Moulitsas, founder and publisher of Daily Kos; and Gaby Pacheco, an immigrant rights leader from Miami, FL and a national figure in the movement to allow DREAM Act-eligible young people to become citizens of the only country they know as home.
During the panel Dr. Justin Gross, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Chief Statistician for the polling firm Latino Decisions, will unveil a new web tool sponsored by our sister organization, America’s Voice Education Fund, to help political pundits and observers analyze the impact of Latino voters in key battleground states. The tool is an interactive version of the Latino electoral influence model these organizations released in April. It uses current polling data and demographic information to illustrate how the Latino vote could impact the 2012 elections, and allows the user to make adjustments and view different scenarios.
Also on Saturday, America’s Voice and Latino Decisions will launch a new website focused on Latino and immigration political issues, featuring ongoing commentary and analysis: http://latinovotematters.org.
The panel discussion will focus on the increasing importance of Latino voters to the fortunes of both parties in 2012 and beyond. It is widely understood that a Republican candidate needs to obtain approximately 40% of the Latino vote to win the election, while President Obama, who secured 67% of the Latino vote in 2008, will need not only another huge margin but also high turnout to win re-election.
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