I imagine this often: Autistics having a voice in our elections.
… political participation of minorities and majorities alike has been deemed crucial for ensuring the legitimacy and stability of democratic governance.
Participation in conventional ways, such as voting, enhances people’s sense of having a stake in the system, encourages them to become more knowledgeable about politics, and enables individuals to channel their demands to the political system in legal and peaceful ways.
If it were not obvious before, the crucial role that race and ethnic minorities can play in a presidential election became obvious in 2000 when the results of two racially diverse states, Florida and New Mexico, were determined by 537 and 366 votes respectively.
Since then, political operatives’ collective attention began to turn to the significant
Hispanic population as a target of opportunity.
Indeed, President Bush and his political guru Karl Rove subsequently placed greater emphasis on competing with Democrats for the Hispanic voting block.
At the same time, left-leaning commentators have viewed their rising numbers as part of a new Democratic majority coalition (Judis and Teixeira, 2007).
The importance of race and ethnic minority voters is still evolving in American politics as politicians at all levels grapple with the changes, backlashes, and interest groups associated with these new shifts in our population and electorate.