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UW analysis finds “racial voting bias” in Gonzalez-Danielson race

“Although he raised no money and ran no campaign, Danielson won 30 of Washington’s 39 counties and got nearly 40 percent of the statewide vote in his race against State Supreme Court Justice Steve Gonzalez.” Read about it here at the Seattle Times

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NEW REPORT: The History and Lessons of Latino Under-Representation in Washington State

This report examines legal and community barriers to Latino representation on city councils and school boards in ten Washington State counties. We studied three specific questions: What is the electoral history of Latino representation in Adams, Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Franklin, Grant, Okanogan, Skagit, Walla Walla and Yakima counties from 1983 – 2011? What challenges have […]

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Beyond the Ballot: Latino Political Participation in Washington State

We investigated the political participation of Latinos in five Washington State locales: the Tri-Cities, Yakima, Walla Walla, Seattle, and Vancouver.  Specifically, we identified and explored the main factors that either discourage or facilitate political participation among Washington’s Latinos, and what policies, laws, and grassroots actions can be effectuated to encourage higher levels of Latino political […]

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Unequal Opportunity: Latinos and Local Political Representation in Washington State

This report examines the level of Latino local political representation in the ten counties of Washington State with the highest percentage Latino populations: Adams, Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Franklin, Grant, Okanogan, Skagit, Walla Walla, and Yakima. In particular, it is meant to build on previous research that found that Latinos were underrepresented on school boards and […]

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The Relationship between the Earned Income Tax Credit and Economic Inequalities among Washington Latinos

I researched the impact of Washington State’s regressive tax structure in Washington on minority communities. Does the tax structure affect Latinos and whether or not they can access the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a credit designed to bolster the resources of low-income families? Finally, I asked whether or not a state EITC, called the […]

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The Political Representation of Latinos in Small Cities: An Examination of Quincy and Othello Washington

Researching voting rights in Othello and Quincy, WA, I sought to answer the following questions: 1) Has the system of elections caused minority vote dilution in past elections? 2) How does the political culture influence Latino participation? 3) How do other factors, such as the existence of bilingual election materials and outreach, affect Latino representation? […]

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The Role of Electoral Politics and Latino Mobilization: Studies in Granger and Toppenish Washington

Because Latinos in Granger and Toppenish make up the large majority of the population but vote at very low rates and are not proportionally represented in local government, I sought to examine the ways in which Latinos can be successfully mobilized to participate in their community and in local politics. My report focuses on the […]

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The Invisible Latino: A Study of the Electoral Politics of Walla Walla

This report examines the electoral politics of Walla Walla County in order to assess the political condition of the county’s Latino population. More specifically, I researched Latino political representation, Latino voter turnout, and the reasons why Latino candidates haven’t won in contested elections in the county for the past eight years. Methods: I began by […]

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The Latino Electoral Experience in a Small City: Twenty Years of Latino Non-Success in City Council Elections in Pasco, Washington

My research investigates the potential causes of the persistent nonsuccess of Latino political candidates in Pasco, Washington’s city council elections. Latinos comprise a majority of the city’s population, yet the city council has no Latino members, and Latino candidates running for the council have met with repeated disappointment in elections. Methods: I began my investigation by […]

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Overcoming Obstacles to Latino Mobilization in Walla Walla, WA

I examined how neighborhood improvement organizations can create a social environment which fosters sustained Latino political participation in Walla Walla, Washington. My main research question was: How have local organizations sought to increase Latino political mobilization in Walla Walla? The following two questions guided my project. First, what are the obstacles to Latino political participation? […]

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