Presentation Title

The Influence of the Spanish Language on Latinx Voter Turnout in Presidential Campaigns

Faculty Mentor

Claudia Sandoval, Ph.D.

Start Date

23-11-2019 8:00 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 8:45 AM

Location

3

Session

poster 1

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

Voter turnout of the Latinx population is recorded to be one of the lowest within the United States. For the purpose of advancing political participation in the form of voting, it is important to analyze the lack of outreach to this community, especially during presidential campaigns. A major component to this is that presidential candidates in the United States tend to give less focus towards implementing the Spanish language into their campaigning tactics. For this reason, this study examines both the current use of the Spanish language in campaigning for the presidency but also potential results, should candidates decide to utilize the language more often, specifically results surrounding the impact on Latinx voter turnout. To do this, existing survey data of Latinx voting trends will be examined. This data will be collected and compiled from various national databases including, but not limited to the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), American National Election Studies (ANES), and Collaborative Multiracial Post-Election Survey (CMPSurvey). The existing survey questions that will be highlighted in this collection are those of which examine the questions of personal voter eligibility, personal voter history, and frequency of Spanish language use. This project aims to add to the limited field of research surrounding this topic and expand on the literature that is within the field of Latina/o/x politics.

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The Influence of the Spanish Language on Latinx Voter Turnout in Presidential Campaigns

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Voter turnout of the Latinx population is recorded to be one of the lowest within the United States. For the purpose of advancing political participation in the form of voting, it is important to analyze the lack of outreach to this community, especially during presidential campaigns. A major component to this is that presidential candidates in the United States tend to give less focus towards implementing the Spanish language into their campaigning tactics. For this reason, this study examines both the current use of the Spanish language in campaigning for the presidency but also potential results, should candidates decide to utilize the language more often, specifically results surrounding the impact on Latinx voter turnout. To do this, existing survey data of Latinx voting trends will be examined. This data will be collected and compiled from various national databases including, but not limited to the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), American National Election Studies (ANES), and Collaborative Multiracial Post-Election Survey (CMPSurvey). The existing survey questions that will be highlighted in this collection are those of which examine the questions of personal voter eligibility, personal voter history, and frequency of Spanish language use. This project aims to add to the limited field of research surrounding this topic and expand on the literature that is within the field of Latina/o/x politics.