Come Election Day, tens of millions of Americans will enter a voting booth, one by one. Each voter is unique, with a whole life of experiences, beliefs and needs that will guide which candidates they choose.

In the weeks beforehand, though, headlines often clump people into sweeping categories: women voters, religious voters, Black voters, suburban voters. Thinking about constituents in terms of just a couple of key characteristics can be useful – but it leaves much more out of the picture.

Cristian Doña-Reveco and Laura Alexander of the University of Nebraska Omaha examine one group that’s especially complicated: Latino voters, who are far more diverse in terms of identity, religion and geography than that one label can possibly capture. And the political significance of that will only grow over time.

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Molly Jackson

Religion and Ethics Editor

Volunteers laugh during a 2020 meeting of Jolt, a nonprofit that works to increase civic participation of Latinos in Texas. Mark Felix/AFP/AFP via Getty Images

There’s no one ‘Latino vote’ – religion and geography add to voters’ diversity

Laura E. Alexander, University of Nebraska Omaha; Cristian Doña-Reveco, University of Nebraska Omaha

If you think of Latino voters as left-leaning Catholics, think again.

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