Rather than simply asking for black votes in October 2016 after having taken them for granted up to that point, Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders will possess the credibility that comes with having earned those votes. At that point -- if not a lot earlier -- the Democratic Party and its nominee will need to thank #BlackLivesMatter.
Phones can be ideal for enabling voters to quickly get info about candidates, register to vote, and check in at polling centers. But add to this the capability to vote directly off your phone and you can eliminate one of the most limiting factors in voting today, which is the need to physically gget to the polls.
Last month Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said that he was "willing to look at any new evidence of discrimination. ... But at this point in time, we have not seen that." If he would hold a hearing in the committee he chairs, Goodlatte would learn about the continued, pernicious effects of racial discrimination at the ballot box.
Dominicans are poised to be significant political players within and outside the Latino community. The degree to which this becomes a political reality will largely depend on the degree to which Dominican candidates and Dominican civic organizations take the lead in mobilizing this important segment of the Latino electorate in the Northeast.