‘It feels like we're screwed either way’: Latinos vote with mix of apathy and trepidation | Bleader

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

‘It feels like we're screwed either way’: Latinos vote with mix of apathy and trepidation

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click to enlarge 25th Ward independent precinct organization volunteers Sergio Medina, left, and Jose Requena show off their "I voted" bracelets at Cooper Dual Language Academy in Pilsen. - DANIELLE A. SCRUGGS
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  • 25th Ward independent precinct organization volunteers Sergio Medina, left, and Jose Requena show off their "I voted" bracelets at Cooper Dual Language Academy in Pilsen.

Donald Trump's inflammatory rhetoric on immigration during the campaign—calling Mexican immigrants "rapists" and "criminals" and calling for a wall to be built along the U.S.-Mexico border—won over white supremacists and angered and alienated Latinos and their allies. Reader director of photography Danielle A. Scruggs visited several polling places in majority-Latino neighborhoods Pilsen and Little Village Tuesday afternoon to hear how voters there were feeling. 

click to enlarge Requena voted for Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein. "It was a protest vote," he says. - DANIELLE A. SCRUGGS
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  • Requena voted for Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein. "It was a protest vote," he says.
click to enlarge Yolanda Lopez of Pilsen: "I was a little iffy, but if we don't come out to vote then we don't have the right to complain." - DANIELLE A. SCRUGGS
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  • Yolanda Lopez of Pilsen: "I was a little iffy, but if we don't come out to vote then we don't have the right to complain."
click to enlarge Gabriela Felipe in Pilsen: "It feels good to vote—this is my first time." - DANIELLE A. SCRUGGS
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  • Gabriela Felipe in Pilsen: "It feels good to vote—this is my first time."
click to enlarge Gilberto Sandoval in Pilsen was less than enthused. "I voted for the candidate that was the least shitty. I don't support any of the candidates, I just hate some of them less." - DANIELLE A. SCRUGGS
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  • Gilberto Sandoval in Pilsen was less than enthused. "I voted for the candidate that was the least shitty. I don't support any of the candidates, I just hate some of them less."
click to enlarge Ricardo Diaz of Pilsen said he felt "mixed emotions—happy and prideful that I am able to [vote], but it feels kind of dirty right now. I feel like I chose the lesser of two evils, but it was still something I felt obligated to be a part of." - DANIELLE A. SCRUGGS
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  • Ricardo Diaz of Pilsen said he felt "mixed emotions—happy and prideful that I am able to [vote], but it feels kind of dirty right now. I feel like I chose the lesser of two evils, but it was still something I felt obligated to be a part of."
click to enlarge Zahira Sandoval of Pilsen: "I feel like [voting] is a dead end: all the candidates suck. It feels like we're screwed either way, that everything has been set up for us." - DANIELLE A. SCRUGGS
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  • Zahira Sandoval of Pilsen: "I feel like [voting] is a dead end: all the candidates suck. It feels like we're screwed either way, that everything has been set up for us."
click to enlarge Sandy Flores of Pilsen: "I think it was something that needed to be done, but I'm not excited about my choices. I'm apathetically voting." - DANIELLE A. SCRUGGS
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  • Sandy Flores of Pilsen: "I think it was something that needed to be done, but I'm not excited about my choices. I'm apathetically voting."
click to enlarge Long queues at Cooper Academy in Pilsen, about half an hour before polls closed at 7 PM. - DANIELLE A. SCRUGGS
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  • Long queues at Cooper Academy in Pilsen, about half an hour before polls closed at 7 PM.
click to enlarge Signage at Bow Truss in Pilsen encouraging residents to vote - DANIELLE A. SCRUGGS
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  • Signage at Bow Truss in Pilsen encouraging residents to vote
click to enlarge Farragut Career Academy in Little Village - DANIELLE A. SCRUGGS
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  • Farragut Career Academy in Little Village
click to enlarge Robert Barrios outside Farragut: "I felt like I needed to do my part and vote." - DANIELLE A. SCRUGGS
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  • Robert Barrios outside Farragut: "I felt like I needed to do my part and vote."
click to enlarge Sergio Medina helps Lucio (no last name given) put on his "I voted" bracelet outside Cooper in Pilsen. - DANIELLE A. SCRUGGS
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  • Sergio Medina helps Lucio (no last name given) put on his "I voted" bracelet outside Cooper in Pilsen.
click to enlarge Edgar Lugo of Little Village: "I had to do a provisional ballot. Makes me feel like I wasted my time." He's worried his vote might not count. - DANIELLE A. SCRUGGS
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  • Edgar Lugo of Little Village: "I had to do a provisional ballot. Makes me feel like I wasted my time." He's worried his vote might not count.
click to enlarge First-time voter Giselle Gamboa at Farragut Academy in Little Village: "I felt like an adult!" - DANIELLE A. SCRUGGS
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  • First-time voter Giselle Gamboa at Farragut Academy in Little Village: "I felt like an adult!"
click to enlarge Lucio says he's happy there could be a woman president. - DANIELLE A. SCRUGGS
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  • Lucio says he's happy there could be a woman president.
click to enlarge Mike Rodriguez, 22nd Ward Democratic Committeeman, outside Farragut Academy. He's hopeful about the impact of the Latino vote. "I believe we'll find out tonight that Latino voters built a wall between Trump and the White House." - DANIELLE A. SCRUGGS
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  • Mike Rodriguez, 22nd Ward Democratic Committeeman, outside Farragut Academy. He's hopeful about the impact of the Latino vote. "I believe we'll find out tonight that Latino voters built a wall between Trump and the White House."

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