Study shows issues Latinos face when going to the polling place.

Posted at 6:26 PM, Oct 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-25 21:26:08-04

A new study released by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials and Telemundo, shows issues Latinos are having across the country in the polling places. 

Some of those discussed in the study include: one in five Latinos report being told they could not vote, long wait times, and lack of Spanish-speaking assistance. 

Early voting and mail-in ballots remain popular. 

Gerald Cantu works with the Dolores Huerta Foundation. He says the Latino vote is crucial this election and it only becomes more important as the years go by. 

Cantu says there should be Spanish-speaking assistance in polling places, especially where there are known to be Spanish speakers. 

"There definitely should be Spanish-speaking persons at polling sites, especially in areas that have a heavy concentration of Spanish speakers and they should be there to help them with the process, there shouldn't be any form of partisan interference. 

There are a total of 153 polling places in Kern County and the election's office says all of them are set to have Spanish assistance. They also recommend voters be prepared when they head to the polling sites and try to avoid going during rush hour traffic.