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The New Immigrant Vote

June 21, 2012 (1 min read)

"Before major elections, there is typically an increase in the number of naturalization applications, and this year is no exception.  Martín Martinez, a salesman from Mexico, became a citizen in May.  “One of the main reasons was to be able to vote, [to] get my opinion to the United States,” Martinez said after his naturalization ceremony.  Immigrant voters gave President Barack Obama a boost in the last race. So while they're still a small share of the electorate, which way these voters go this year could matter, particularly in swing states like Nevada." - Jude Joffe-Block, June 20, 2012.  [This story was produced with support from the Institute for Justice and Journalism.]