While it’s still unknown how much of an impact the Latino vote will have on Tuesday’s results, HuffPost Latino Voices wanted to know more about what inspired members of our community to exercise their right to vote.
We asked Twitter followers to share their reasons for voting and any photos with the hashtags #ThisLatinoVotedBecause and #ThisLatinaVotedBecause. The response was not only overwhelming but inspiring.
Take a look at some of the most powerful reasons these Latinos decided to vote on Election Day. But grab a box of tissues first, you’ll need it!
#ThisLatinoVotedBecause i absolutely REFUSE to let someone whose campaign is defined by degrading latinxs/other minorities run the US 🇵🇷✊🏽— elijah (@erod47) November 8, 2016
#thislatinavotedbecause the day her 7 year old kid came from school crying & asking if this was his country broke her heart.— Ines Cardona (@ines411) November 8, 2016
#ThisLatinaVotedBecause my daughter deserves a president who sees as much potential in her as I do.— Sonnet 87 (@sonnet87dc) November 8, 2016
#ThisLatinaVotedBecause I fiercely believe in the power the immigrant community harnessed to make our democracy a more perfect union.— Anna Castro (@apcastro16) November 7, 2016
#ThisLatinaVotedBecause her vote represents the voice of thousands who don't have the right to vote, but give back to this county everyday.— Mayra Vega-Manriquez (@Latinaedtalk) November 8, 2016
#ThisLatinaVotedBecause her grandparents didn't escape communism for her not to relish in her right to democracy 👴🏼👵🏼❤️🇨🇺— dietcokemami (@janelysanchez) November 7, 2016
#ThisLatinoVotedBecause sadly, my two boys will grow up in a world where people will treat them unfairly or worse que dios los proteja— John Verdejo (@JohnVerdejo) November 8, 2016
#ThisLatinoVotedBecause I refuse to be outcast, marginalized and told I am not worthy! Minorities are the backbone of this country 🇺🇸— lauren elizabeth (@lalalaauuren) November 8, 2016
#ThisLatinoVotedBecause I refuse 2 have 2 explain my patriotism or place of birth 2 anyone that doesn't think I look like I speak "American"— Lawrence Runner (@lawrence_runner) November 8, 2016
#ThisLatinoVotedBecause I don't want someone who can't be trusted with his own Twitter to have access to launch codes. and he's an asshole— John Garcia (@jpgarcia210) November 7, 2016
#ThisLatinoVotedBecause I refuse to let old white people who think the '50s were a time when America was great to decide MY future— ♡gabrielle meredith♡ (@gabriellem1995) November 8, 2016
#ThisLatinaVotedBecause our people are humble, hard workers and we need to speak up and defend those that don't have a voice.— ♡Tati♡ (@valerraayyy) November 7, 2016
#ThisLatinaVotedBecause my grandfathers, father, cousins and uncles all fought for this country only to still be considered immigrants— Isabelle 🇵🇷 (@bellecs) November 8, 2016
#ThisLatinaVotedBecause my abuela gave her hard work to this country but was never eligible to vote here. I voted for her & all noncitizens— Karen González (@_karenjgonzalez) November 8, 2016
#ThisLatinaVotedBecause they're still trying to keep us from voting. voter suppression is real— Destiny Lopez (@Destiny_Lopez16) November 7, 2016
#ThisLatinaVotedBecause while none of the candidates are ideal, I refuse to let a racist, ignorant misogynist blatantly offend my community.— nasty woman. (@Kat_DGAF) November 8, 2016
#ThisLatinaVotedBecause there are populations in the United States that would simply not survive a Trump presidency.— tina too turnt (@uhohitscristina) November 7, 2016
I voted for my mom. For every single mother coming to this country for a better life. #ThisLatinaVotedBecause— Kay (@KaytheBrave) November 8, 2016