In the wake of 2012's historic turnout at the voting booth, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) will gather policy leaders to discuss issues of concern to U.S. Hispanics at its June conference in Chicago.
More than 1,000 Hispanic leaders from across the country will go over immigration reform, education, health-care reform, climate change, and the growing influence of Hispanics in the Midwest, among other topics on the national agenda.
The growing influence of Hispanic voters and the effect of several recent Supreme Court decisions are expected to give added drama to the conference.
The NALEO Educational Fund projects that the eligible Hispanic electorate will reach 25.2 million in 2014, an increase of 18.5 percent from 2010, and will reach 28.5 million in 2016.
Supreme Court decisions expected in June that will affect the Hispanic community include the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act, affirmative action, and Arizona's requirement of proof of citizenship for voter registration.
The NALEO 30th annual conference will take place June 27-29 at the Swissotel Chicago. Visit NALEO's website for more information.
SOURCE National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO)
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