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Lydia Camarillo, president of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, said at an Axios virtual event on Tuesday that 800,000 Latino citizens turn 18 every year, meaning that there could be more than 3 million new registered voters in four years — not including naturalized citizens.

The big picture: The 2020 election marks the first time in history that Latinos will be the largest minority ethnic or racial group in the electorate, with 32 million eligible voters.

What they're saying: "It's important to note that Latinos live in the competitive states, whether it's Iowa, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio and of course Florida, and let's not forget Arizona and Texas," Camarillo told Axios' Alexi McCammond.

  • "I think that the Latino electorate can be the deciding factor in this election — in partnership with other groups like the Black community, the Muslim community, Asian American community and progressives. They will decide the election."

Go deeper: Read Axios' deep dive on race and voting in America

Go deeper

Updated Aug 18, 2020 - Politics & Policy

2020 swing voter focus group library

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

In the lead up to the 2020 presidential election, Axios political reporter Alexi McCammond is traveling to different swing states across the country to talk to Romney/Clinton and Obama/Trump voters. Here's what she's found:

Go deeper: Axios' full 2020 election coverage

When and how to vote in all 50 states

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Data: RepresentUS; Note: Montana has told counties they can opt into universal vote-by-mail; Map: Naema Ahmed/Axios

Millions of Americans who normally vote in person on election day will turn to early voting or mail-in ballots this fall — but that only works if you understand your state's election rules, deadlines and how to ensure your vote is counted.

Driving the news: Axios is launching an interactive resource, built on research by RepresentUs, a nonpartisan election reform group, to help voters across the country to get the information they need.

20 mins ago - Politics & Policy

GOP fights itself on shutdown politics

Reporters question Senate Minority Whip John Thune before the Republican Party's weekly lunch on Tuesday. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

GOP leaders on Capitol Hill are scrambling to reach a deal with a bloc of 15 Senate Republicans threatening a government shutdown to force a fight over the Biden administration's vaccine mandates.

Why it matters: The push to defund the mandates — by holding the short-term government funding bill hostageis largely symbolic, and highly controversial within the Republican Party. A shutdown as early as midnight Friday could trigger everything from national park closures to delays in receiving Social Security checks.