Some 81,000 Venezuelans to vote in US presidential election
As many as 239,000 Venezuelans are legally residing in the US, yet only those who have been granted their US citizenship will be able to vote in the presidential race
As many as 81,000 Venezuelans, who have been granted the US citizenship (out of 239,000 legally residing in the country), will be able to cast their votes in the US presidential election on Tuesday. In fact, some of them have voted in advance, explains the Pew Hispanic Center.
The aforementioned Venezuelans are part of 23.5 million Hispanics that will be pivotal to define either President Barack Obama's reelection or the return of the Republican Party led by Mitt Romney.
The Hispanic community is a minority group largely influential in US electoral races. It currently comprises 11% of the electorate and its political stance has defined results in previous elections.
Venezuelans to polling centers
A Venezuelan who has lived in the US for 10 years said he voted for republican candidate Romney in view of his business experience and reckoned that such experience will pull the US economy out of recession. He also rejected the healthcare reform approved during Obama's presidency.
For her part, a Venezuelan woman described Obama as more human. "The country was hit so seriously by the economic crisis when Bush (George W.) was gone that it has not been able to recover fully since then, yet there has been a partial recovery," she said.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
Around 1.5 million Venezuelans have decided to emigrate in search of a better future for their families. The figure accounts to between 4% and 6% of the overall population. Approximately 88% of these expatriates have made up their mind to emigrate over the last 15 years.