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Hispanic voter drive registers only 1/6 of goal

AP reports: After huge immigration protests earlier this year, advocates vowed to capitalize on the energy and register 1 million new foreign-born voters, mostly Hispanics.

But rhetoric has run headlong into reality: Organizers say that, as of last week, they had signed up fewer than 150,000 people.

Advocates' experiences show that cultivating new voters is tough, plodding work, and that developing Latino power will rely not on street protests but on the group becoming more politcally engaged as it gets older. ...

First off, more than one in three of the nation's 42 million-plus Hispanics are age 17 or younger, 2005 Census data show too young to vote. And some portion of that population, no one is sure exactly how many, includes illegal immigrants.

Plus, organizers said, many newcomers lack basic civics information. Some barely understand the nation's political system its structure, rules and history how and where to vote, and how to sort through political rhetoric to choose candidates. Some don't know that they can ask for election information in foreign languages, that voting is free or that the U.S. has elaborate voter protection laws. -- Hispanic voter drive falls short - Yahoo! News

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