The Ms. Q&A: Voto Latino’s María Teresa Kumar on the Latino Vote, Disinformation and How to Combat it

The Latino vote was instrumental in putting Joe Biden in the White House and sending four new senators to Congress.

Ms. reporter Lisa Rabasca Roepe spoke with María Teresa Kumar, president and CEO of Voto Latino, about the organization’s early beginnings, how it used artificial intelligence (AI) to find new voters and the prevalence of disinformation in the Latino community.

People Are Finally Paying Attention to AAPI Voters. But For How Long?

Although we are often treated as a monolith, the AAPI community includes people from more than 30 countries and ethnic subpopulations speaking more than 100 languages. Once the elections are all over, lots of campaigns and organizations will pack their bags and leave until the next time they need something. But our communities need long term investment that acknowledges all AAPI voices and then listens to them.

Democracy is Worth Waiting For

We are going to go to bed on election night, not knowing the results of the presidential election or the dozens of down-ballot races in every state.

And we will be fine. This year, we are going to have to wait for democracy to run its course.