Hispanics are only five percent of the population in Iowa but they’re suddenly crucial to the presidential election. Now Iowa's Republican Secretary of State has pushed through voting rules that could keep some of them from the polls.
There’s no disputing the numbers: Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel had an overwhelming victory in an election that – while not quite as big as had been anticipated – brought a higher percentage of registered voters to the polls than any other municipal campaign since 1995.
A requirement to vote in the United States is citizenship. But voting isn’t the only way to affect a race’s outcome. Some undocumented young people in the Chicago area are going all out against the Republican in Illinois’s U.S.
While we’ve been chatting with candidates this week, WBEZ’s Richard Steele has taken to the road to meet the electorate. He’s talking to voters throughout Illinois - to find out what they’re thinking in the run-up to the election. And listen up, politicians!