After a Sunday service at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Church in Washington DC, Laura Hernandez stops to talk about politics.
Her first instinct is to explain that “even though sometimes they want us to be quiet”, we should not be afraid to talk about our beliefs.
Ms Hernandez speaks with conviction when she explains why she is supporting Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
“Joe Biden is more fair and has more humanity than Trump,” she said.
“Trump is creating more hate in people.”
The 10:00am service is in English. The midday version is in Spanish and Latin Americans from across the region come to hear it.
The church sits in the north-west of the city in an area that has long been the heart of its Latino community.
Ms Hernandez came to the United States from Mexico 23 years ago. She originally moved to support her sister and young niece, but she has since raised three children of her own.
She has the right to vote and she has already cast it for the Democrats.
“I’ve heard from some Latino people and they say they’re supporting Trump because of the economy,” she said.
“But the economy is not everything in the world.”
The Latino vote is complicated
For the first time, Latino voters are this year expected to be the largest racial or ethnic minority group to vote in a United States presidential election.
Of the 60 million Latinos who are estimated to live in the US, about 32 million are eligible to vote — that’s 13.3 per cent of all eligible voters.
And given the number of eligible Latino voters in key swing states, including Florida and Arizona, they could have a huge impact on the final result.
Among the 32 million eligible Latino voters, there are different personal circumstances, values, beliefs and political priorities. It makes referring to the group as a singular voting bloc difficult to do, even inappropriate.
A Cuban-American in Florida is unlikely to vote the same way as a Mexican-American in Pennsylvania.
Ms Hernandez said at the moment, there was a reluctance among people in her community to talk about which way they were voting, particularly if it was in support of Mr Biden.
“Maybe they’re not very open because Trump is in power right now so they prefer to be quiet … and they do what they have to do without telling anybody,” she said.
Senior writer and editor at the Pew Research Centre Jens Manuel Krogstad said Latino voters had historically leaned Democrat.
“The Latino vote is quite diverse,” he said.
“There isn’t really a singular ‘Latino vote’ because it’s not a monolith.
“That said, we do see some clear trends among Latinos where a notable majority lean Democratic, but there’s still a sizable share who lean Republican.
“And that reflects the varied background of Latinos.”
In the US, Latino voters and their families come from various countries — including Mexico, Venezuela, El Salvador, Cuba, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and Guatemala— and each one has its own social, economic and political histories.
Voters from the US territory of Puerto Rico are also part of the Latino mix.
More than 4 million eligible Latino voters in Florida, Arizona
In a recent survey, The Pew Centre found two-thirds of eligible Latino voters would vote for Mr Biden over Mr Trump.
And polling by Latino Decisions found 68 per cent of respondents were likely to vote for Mr Biden and 25 per cent were likely to vote for Mr Trump.
“In the battleground states, we found the vote between Biden and Trump was a little more evenly split, though it still favoured Biden,” Mr Krogstad said.
Right now, analysts are watching data on the Latino vote in Florida and Arizona.
These are two marginal — and valuable — electorates and they’re also the states with the highest number of eligible Latino voters.
It’s important to look at the regional differences and diversity among these Latino voters to get a clear idea of the impact their vote may have.
Florida is the population centre of Cuban-Americans in the US and a recent poll found they there were much more likely to vote for Mr Trump.
Florida is considered a must-win state for Mr Trump, and while some analysis says his stance on immigration has cost him Latino votes, his anti-socialist rhetoric may have helped him.
Mr Trump’s campaign has been running ads in Spanish that appear to compare Mr Biden to Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez and former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
In Arizona, 24 per cent of eligible voters are Latino — the highest percentage in the country.
The state has 11 electoral college votes and is now considered one that could flip for the Democrats.
Mr Trump won the state in 2016, but Latinos in Arizona are predominantly of Mexican descent and the President’s immigration policies and the building of the wall has caused him to lose some support, though not all.
As Politico reported last week, Mr Trump recently made gains among Latino men in Arizona and Mr Biden was only 1 percentage point ahead of Hillary Clinton’s polling among the group at this point in 2016.
In a scenario polls tell us is quite typical, Ms Hernandez believes humanitarian issues like immigration to be most important and says that is why she is voting Democrat.
But as a US-born man of Puerto Rican descent living in Florida, Guadalupe Aponte’s priority is the economy and he says that’s why he is voting Republican.
As the New York Times reported last week: “No other group worries Democrats more than American-born Hispanic men”.
‘Latinos for Trump’ in Florida
There is a belief among Mr Trump’s supporters that because he is not from the political establishment he “gets things done”.
Despite being a billionaire who inherited considerable wealth from his family, Mr Trump has established himself as the working-class candidate among some groups.
Mr Aponte, or Junior, calls Florida home now, but he spent a lot of his working life in New York City on construction sites.
He talks about his time in the builders’ union, taking his grandson for ice cream and about his love for Mr Trump.
He has many flags. On this day, some were stolen and Mr Aponte was quick to report the incident to the local sheriff.
He says Mr Trump “gave a lot of people work even before he was president”.
“The working man — the real working man — that’s Latino. They know,” Mr Aponte said.
“He gets things done. He’s a businessman and also a billionaire. He doesn’t even take a salary.
“I love that. He has money, he doesn’t need money.”
Mr Aponte has a soft side. He holds back tears while talking about his late wife and the years he spent as her carer. He’s twice asked how Australia was faring after the bushfires.
When Mr Aponte looks to Mr Trump, he sees someone like him.
“I get things done. When I start, I don’t stop. When I get hooked on something, it’s all the way,” he said.
“I’ve worked hard my whole life … I don’t take advantage of the system.
“He got work for everybody. I mean now it’s messed up because the pandemic is going on, but let me tell you, after the pandemic is gone, there’s going to be a lot of jobs like he said.”
Mr Aponte believes the President has handled the COVID-19 pandemic well, saying “he even caught it because he’s out with the people”.
But many Latinos do not agree and research shows the majority trust Mr Biden to do better.
“Nearly three-quarters of Latino voters said the coronavirus outbreak was very important to their presidential vote and that was 10 percentage points higher than US voters overall,” Mr Krogstad said.
“And this in part reflects that Latinos have been disproportionately affected by the outbreak, both economically and in their health.”
Everyone’s opinion counts
On election day, the power of Latino voters will play out in different ways across the swing states.
The economy, COVID-19, healthcare and immigration are likely to be motivating issues and how Latino voters prioritise them will differ across the country.
For Ms Hernandez, election day marks a moment for all voters to endorse the value diversity brings.
“I really want to see America to be more fair, more inclusive. For there to be more respect … respect our decisions, respect our opinions,” she said.
“Because everyone’s opinion counts, not only one race. Not only one kind of people.”