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Immigrants and Electoral PoliticsNonprofit Organizing in a Time of Demographic Change$
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Heath Brown

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501704833

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501704833.001.0001

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“You Don’t Vote, You Don’t Count”

“You Don’t Vote, You Don’t Count”

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Immigrants and Electoral Politics

Heath Brown

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the 2012 primary contests and general election campaigns in many parts of the country, in the wake of controversial 2010 congressional redistricting. In some cases, immigrants were the subject matter of these campaigns; in others, immigrants were the actual candidates. In all cases, immigrant-serving nonprofit organizations adjusted their strategies to different political situations. The chapter explores specific races and the development of voter ID laws that threatened to undermine nonprofit voter mobilization of immigrants in many states. In doing so the chapter uses these races to demonstrate six important themes that run throughout the rest of the book. It also examines national immigrant-serving organizations and their use of campaign donations in the 2012 election.

Keywords:   2012 primary contests, election campaigns, immigrant-serving nonprofit organizations, race, voter ID laws, voter mobilization, campaign donations

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