For the past decade — at least — Texas Democrats have been eyeing the massive population growth within the Hispanic community with glee. Hispanic voters, they think, hold the key to turning one of the most Republican states in the country blue, as the GOP continues to struggle — at both the state and national level — to win over Latinos.
The second film in our "Postcards from the Great Divide" series shows how much more difficult that change will be in practice. The documentary — made by Miguel Alvarez — tells the story of the Pasadena, Tex., City Council and how Latino Democrats there continue to struggle to drive their community to the polls in large numbers. It suggests the reasons for the disparity between the size of the Hispanic population and Hispanic voter turnout — from cultural differences to fear.
If you missed our first "Postcard" — looking at the sorting of communities into ideological silos, you can check it out as part of the full series, which you can find here or below.