USA TODAY takes a close look Maricopa County, Arizona, home to Phoenix and more than 40% Latino.
Perhaps no place illustrates the lackluster voter turnout among Latinos better than Maricopa County.
With more than 9,000 square miles, the county is larger than seven states. It is a sprawling mix of sun-drenched farming communities, tourist resorts, endless strip malls, red-tiled suburban housing subdivisions and the gleaming glass-and-steel office towers of Phoenix, the nation’s sixth-largest city.
Six out of 10 Arizonans live in Maricopa County, which has 4 million residents. Its Latino population has soared in recent years, from 345,000 in 1990 to more than 1.2 million in 2014, and is now the fifth largest of any county in the nation.
The USA TODAY Network is spending time in eight counties in eight states, exploring the key electoral themes that could decide this fall’s election. Each week from now until the election, we will feature a different one.