6. It can lead to more Latinos being named to higher positions within our government. Latinos have come a long way when it comes to political representation. According to National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials there are 5, 928 Latino elected officials in the country at the local, state and federal levels. However, we have only two senators and two governors of Hispanic descent. This year several Latinos are running for office, the Latino vote will make a difference for them.
7. If we don't vote, someone else will decide for us. Voting is a right, a privilege and a civic duty. Yet millions of people forgo this right come election time, allowing others to decide for them who should govern our cities, our states and our country.
8. If we don't vote, we will not have the moral authority to complain about things we don't like. Whether your issue is the turmoil in the Middle East, terrorism, education, the economy, a woman's right to choose, gay marriage, the deterioration of our environment, the lack of affordable health care or immigration reform and the DREAM Act, if you do not vote, you are not participating in the process of electing those whom you believe can make a difference.
9. It is a privilege to vote in a democratic society. Many naturalized citizens come from countries where there is either no democracy or no respect for democratic elections. If it's not a dictatorship of an authoritarian government, it's accusations of fraud or voter intimidation. We are lucky to live in democracy, take advantage of it.
10. We must live up to the challenge. Latinos are in a unique position to be the deciding factor in this election. We are already the largest minority in the country, but now we must let our tremendous cultural influence and economic buying power give way to an unstoppable political force. Our presence has increased in the past four years in many of the key battleground states. The challenge for Latino voters now is to show up at the polls.