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February 16, 2007

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Maria

"............. the process of obtaining citizenship and registering to vote has delayed these populations’ enfranchisement", he said.

--- Obtaining citizenship and, thereafter, registering to vote, is not even an option for a signigicant number of these people. ---

“In the past, minority populations have been transient, they work a couple of jobs to make ends meet"

--- This is still the case, for many. ---

"and they have no incentives to get involved because they don’t have candidates,” LaFuente said.

--- Not so, it is because their status precludes any hope of being able to register to vote. ---

how many?

I can't think of more than about 6 people of color who work for the city, outside of fire and police. Can anyone else? And notice that all of the elected officials are white.

david t.

Maria, these are good points. Local political strategists are saying that immigrant voters are going to be playing an increasingly important role in municipal elections, despite everything.

Also, to 'How Many', and others, it is important to note that the study was regarding elected and appointefd officials, not all city employees. I only mention it because other reporting on the story seems to have confused that a little.

Maria

Thanks, David - I'm surprised at how out-of-touch they are, concerning the facts.

Stephen

At least our State House delegation, while being all white, is composed of two women (Jehlen and Provost) and two gay men (Toomey and Sciortino).

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