The Voting Rights Act and Latino Voter Registration: Symbolic Assistance for English Speaking Latinos

Title:
The Voting Rights Act and Latino Voter Registration: Symbolic Assistance for English Speaking Latinos
Authors:
Parkin, Michael; Zlotnick, Frances
Abstract:
This study explores how the language minority provisions in the Voting Rights Act (VRA) affect Latino voter registration. We are particularly interested in how these provisions affect Latino citizens with varying levels of English language proficiency. Using data from the 2006 National Latino Survey, we find that Latino citizens with limited English skills register to vote at about the same rate whether or not they live in a county mandated by the VRA to provide registration and voting materials in Spanish. However, for Latinos who speak English “very well,” we find that access to these materials is associated with increased registration rates, all else equal. We interpret these findings to suggest that the positive effects of VRA coverage on Latino registration are due to a symbolic “welcoming” effect, rather than substantial reductions in administrative barriers to registration.
Citation:
Michael Parkin and Frances Zlotnick. February 2014. “The Voting Rights Act and Latino Voter Registration: Symbolic Assistance for English Speaking Latinos.” Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences 36(1): 48-63. 
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
DATE ISSUED:
2014-02
Department:
Politics
Type:
Article
PUBLISHED VERSION:
10.1177/0739986313511056
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/566800

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorParkin, Michaelen
dc.contributor.authorZlotnick, Francesen
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-13T10:34:24Zen
dc.date.available2015-08-13T10:34:24Zen
dc.date.issued2014-02en
dc.identifier.citationMichael Parkin and Frances Zlotnick. February 2014. “The Voting Rights Act and Latino Voter Registration: Symbolic Assistance for English Speaking Latinos.” Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences 36(1): 48-63. en
dc.identifier.issn0739-9863en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/566800en
dc.description.abstractThis study explores how the language minority provisions in the Voting Rights Act (VRA) affect Latino voter registration. We are particularly interested in how these provisions affect Latino citizens with varying levels of English language proficiency. Using data from the 2006 National Latino Survey, we find that Latino citizens with limited English skills register to vote at about the same rate whether or not they live in a county mandated by the VRA to provide registration and voting materials in Spanish. However, for Latinos who speak English “very well,” we find that access to these materials is associated with increased registration rates, all else equal. We interpret these findings to suggest that the positive effects of VRA coverage on Latino registration are due to a symbolic “welcoming” effect, rather than substantial reductions in administrative barriers to registration.en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherSAGE Publicationsen
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/0739986313511056en
dc.subject.departmentPoliticsen
dc.titleThe Voting Rights Act and Latino Voter Registration: Symbolic Assistance for English Speaking Latinosen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalHispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciencesen
dc.subject.keywordLatino political participationen
dc.subject.keywordVoter registrationen
dc.subject.keywordVRAen
dc.identifier.volume36en
dc.identifier.issue1en
dc.identifier.startpage48en
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