The Growing Latino Vote

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A new report released yesterday by the Pew Hispanic Center shows that since 2008, America’s Latino voting population has grown by 4 million, or 22 percent, to 23.7 million. Latinos now make up 11 percent of the electorate – an increase from 9.5 percent in 2008 and 8.2 percent in 2004.

The study points out that although the number of Latino voters has increased, their turnout has historically lagged behind other groups, especially whites and African Americans. Voter turnout rates among all racial minority populations have been gradually increasing since 2000, while the voter turnout rate for whites decreased slightly between 2004 and 2008.

The Pew Hispanic Center also analyzed Latino voter trends. The study noted that, while the number of Latinos who are eligible to vote has increased over the last four years, the number dropped between 2008 and 2010. Pew offered suggestions for why this might be, including the possibility that the economic downturn and the housing crises displaced many Latinos, forcing them to move and causing their voter registrations to lapse as a result of the change in address.

Check out the full report at the Pew Hispanic Center’s website. Also, on Moyers & Company this week, Bill will be discussing the importance of the Latino vote in this year’s election with Univision hosts Jorge Ramos & Maria Elena Salinas .

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  • Edward Chobanian

    I have just returned from Wisconsin’s first district — Paul Ryan’s play ground Most of the cities in his district have voted against him. But that vote could be larger if the Latino voters which are over 30% in the cities in his district. He could easily be defeated if the Latino voter were registered and sought. My estimate of that vote could increase by 35% and rebut the suburb Republican vote, and sweetly turn Wisconsin’s first district into a plus for the Democrats and turn the tide in Wisconsin. The minority vote in Racine, Wisconsin could be as large as 50%, yet nearly 25% are either not registered or not voting. The Obama vote may be secure, but the emphasis on this minority vote is ignoring the fine candidate of Rob Zerban, an experienced businessman, who knows the Medicare, Medicade, and other tax and social benefits for his over 40 employees. His ability to look for job solutions are far and above Paul Ryan, particularly from his study of Germany’s employees and their secondary and vocational training programs. Paul Ryan has no experience outside of his political science degree and Ayn Rand, and as a congressman who has only followed a political party line.

  • Andrew

    Your Facebook post said to ask a question if we had one. My biggest question is, “what are the issues that tend to be of greatest concern to the Hispanic community? And how do culture-specific experiences and differences shape the views of the Latino community on those issues?”