The Role of the Latino Vote in the 2016 Elections

24 Pages Posted: 11 May 2016 Last revised: 27 May 2020

Date Written: May 2016


A record 27.3 million Latinos will be eligible to vote in the 2016 US elections. This paper encapsulates a series of panel discussions at American University’s 2nd Annual Latino Public Affairs Forum on the potential impact of the Latino vote. Panelists identified several factors that may shape electoral outcomes, including the diverse makeup and interests of the Latino community, immigration’s role as a wedge issue, and partisan and non-partisan effort to engage with, register, and turn out voters.

Keywords: Annual Latino Public Affairs Forum, American University, Latino, Hispanic, Voter Turnout, 2016 Elections, Immigration, Party Affiliation, Swing States, Presidential Candidates

Suggested Citation

Bell, Aaron, The Role of the Latino Vote in the 2016 Elections (May 2016). CLALS Working Paper Series No. 13, Available at SSRN: or

Aaron Bell (Contact Author)

American University ( email )

4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20016
United States

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