Voting laws may disenfranchise 10 mln Hispanic U.S. citizens-study
8:46 p.m. CDT, September 23, 2012
* Many Hispanic voters in Florida and other "swing states"
* Polls show Obama with big lead among Hispanics
* Little evidence of voting fraud to support new laws
By Patricia Zengerle
WASHINGTON, Sept 23 (Reuters) - New voting laws in 23 of the 50 states could keep more than 10 million Hispanic U.S. citizens from registering and voting, a new study said on Sunday, a number so large it could affect the outcome of the Nov. 6 election.
The Latino community accounts for more than 10 percent of eligible voters nationally. But the share in some states is high enough that keeping Hispanic voters away from the polls could shift some hard-fought states from support for Democratic President Barack Obama and help his Republican rival, Mitt Romney.
The new laws include purges of people suspected of not being citizens in 16 states that unfairly target Latinos, the civil rights group Advancement Project said in the study to be formally released on Monday.
Laws in effect in one state and pending in two others require proof of citizenship for voter registration. That imposes onerous and sometimes expensive documentation requirements on voters, especially targeting naturalized American citizens, many of whom are Latino, the liberal group said ...