CARACAS, Wednesday November 07, 2012 | Update

Venezuelans prefer keeping on with the Democrats

Many Hispanics voted in advance

Supporters of Obama in Des Moines, Iowa, where he ended his campaign (Photo: AFP)
Wednesday November 07, 2012  10:58 AM

Over 70% of the Hispanic community qualifies to vote in the US. Hispanics often prefer the Democrat Party. Out of the aforementioned figure, 0.4% (81,000) is Venezuelan, the Pew Hispanic Center reported.

Venezuelans chose to vote in advance as it is allowed in 32 states (Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Washington DC, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Caroline, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming).

Four Venezuelan voters were questioned about the simple and fast balloting process. They reasoned on the grounds for their presidential choice.

One of them, residing in Miami, Florida, expressed it was easier for him to vote in advance since it was more comfortable and flexible. Otherwise, he would have had no other choice but to turnout at his respective polling center.

He added he defined himself as democrat and decided to reelect President Barack Obama and his senators.

Another Venezuelan, born in the US but raised in Venezuela, said she had voted on October 30, in Washington DC. She also informed she was an electoral witness during the Election Day in New York.

Although she is not particularly impressed, she said she preferred to vote for Obama rather than Republican Mitt Romney. She is confident that Obama's administration will fulfill the promises made earlier in 2008.

She added that Obama's plans on education, treatment on Hispanics, and his foreign policy on Latin America are more favorable than the proposals formulated by the conservatives.

She also stated that Republicans were afraid of election fraud amid the imminent turnout of people not duly registered.

One couple explained their presidential choice was different. While she voted for Obama, her husband chose Romney as he believed the current administration has been catastrophic in dealing with the economic crisis. He also indicated having refuted the sanitary reform, among others, proposed by the US leader.

Nevertheless, his wife preferred Obama since he would act based on humanist principles. She added that although the US economic recovery has been rather slow, the country was pretty much deteriorated by the end of Republican former President George W. Bush's last term in office.


Translated by Jhean Cabrera
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