The Fronteras Vote 2012 Special

Changing demographics across the Southwest United States have redrawn political maps and are challenging assumptions about the electorate. In a series of stories during the primary election season, Fronteras: The Changing America Desk explores how these changes may impact the 2012 vote.

The series included a two-hour call-in program simulcast to public radio stations across the Southwest on May 23, 2012.

Missed the special broadcast? The entire two-hour program is now posted, along with ways to continue the discussion.
Southwestern states like Arizona and Nevada grew more than most during the boom years. But their growth coming out of the recession has lagged - Arizona's only regained a quarter of the jobs lost during the Great Recession.
California voters called for a virtual end to bilingual education. But things have changed. As part of our ongoing series, some educators believe an increasingly popular model of bilingual teaching can help close the Latino education achievement gap.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments April 25 in a controversial immigration case - Arizona's SB 1070. Supporters say the law has achieved one of its goals: Thousands of illegal immigrants have left on their own.
Reporter Mónica Ortiz Uribe wanted to look at a typical family of Latino voters -- so she interviewed her own.
The West is more diverse than ever. It’s also increasingly urban. What does that mean for American politics? It could signal a shift from a reliably conservative region to a more liberal voter base.
Latinos are a majority in the new 9th City Council District, but that raw numerical advantage is tempered by immigration status and a lack of political mobilization.
The Latino voting bloc is among the most desired in the country. But never mind who they will vote for, nationally, Latino voters don’t go to the polls any more than most Americans. In one border city, officials say voter apathy is a problem.
In El Paso a Democratic congressman is fighting to save his seat for the first time in 16 years. His main challenger in the upcoming primary is young, well-liked and could alter the U.S. role in Mexico's drug war.
Many young immigrant activists in Arizona have great political reach -- and impact. Yet they can't vote. This doesn't stop them from influencing the voters who can.
Because more and more Latinos are going online, campaigns are increasingly turning to the Internet to cultivate this group of voters and to get more of them to participate in elections.