Beyond the Ballot Box Nonvoting Political Behavior Across Immigrant Generations
There's a whole new class of new immigrants that's entrepreneurial that hasn't participated in government.... As campaign finance [reform] takes hold, as there's less land to develop, politicians have to find new sources of money. Where's the money going to come from? Why not organize those who are unorganized?
Hank Sheinkopf, a New York—based
The greatest obstacle Hispanic political hopefuls are facing is their difficulty in raising campaign contributions . . . The Latino community—because it has less disposable income and little tradition of political giving—usually fails to contribute much to Latinos on the campaign trail.
So far, we have seen that there are significant differences in voting across racial groups and immigrant generations in America. And, even though traditional theories of political participation can explain who votes and who does not participate in immigrant America, many factors related to immigrant adaptation also play a significant role in explaining voting participation. Of course, democratic participation extends well beyond the ballot box, with several other ways for citizens to engage in the civic life of the state. These include not only voting but also other activities such as attending local meetings, writing to elected officials, contributing money to politics, and attending protests