St. Louis Public Radio
Naturalized American citizens: Are you going to vote in November?
In fiscal years 2009, 2010 and 2011, more than 7,500 immigrants in St. Louis became naturalized U.S. citizens. If you are one of them, in November, you are probably eligible to vote. But will you? Naturalized citizens -- foreign nationals who have earned U.S. citizenship -- traditionally vote at lower rates for various of reasons, including language barriers, socioeconomic status and lack of voter mobilization. In 2008, 71.8 percent of native citizens were registered to vote nationwide and 64.4 voted. Of naturalized citizens, 60.5 percent were registered and 54 percent voted.
The Beacon is looking for naturalized citizens, whether recent, or not-so-recent, who are willing to share their views on politics, government and elections. Please respond to the questions below and share your insights.