National Group Launches Hispanic Voter Drive in Florida

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Posted at 3:05 PM, Apr 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-07 15:05:00-04

MIAMI (AP) — The nation's largest Hispanic civil rights organization has launched a major voter-registration drive in the battleground state of Florida to identify and sign up hundreds of thousands of potential Hispanic voters.

The Washington-based National Council of La Raza announced its plans Thursday morning at a news conference in Miami.

With nearly 5 million Hispanics, the state has the country's third-largest Hispanic population. About 2.6 million Hispanics are eligible to vote, but less than 1.8 million are registered, according to Florida election officials.

Hispanics in Florida are a diverse lot. Nationwide, Mexican-Americans make up the vast majority of Hispanic voters. In Florida, Cubans and Puerto Ricans represent the bulk of state's voters.