Nov 2, 2012/04:48 PM

Latino Influence, Voter Rolls Grow In Battleground Virginia | WAMU 88.5

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By: Kate Sheehy // November 2, 2012

The polling firm Latino Decisions says in their most recent survey that nationwide, 50,000 Latino voters become eligible to vote every month. And in the battleground state of Virginia, George Mason University Professor Michael McDonald found that Latino voters are more enthusiastic than they were in 2008.

Among the customers munching on sandwiches and sipping soup at Panera Bread in Dumfries, Va. are volunteers for Virginia New Majority, or VNM.

“Today, there’s about a 50 percent chance of rain so take a poncho, please take an umbrella, hopefully it won’t be blown away but we’ll see. I really appreciate your hard work,” says VNM field director Eric Koscyk to his volunteers.

VNM is a non-partisan organization focusing on voter education, and Koscyk is rallying his troops. “I get the sense of a high turnout election,” he says. “I think there will be high turnout on both sides.”

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