Hispanic Voter Turnout Rate In America Essay 2014

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According to the Pew Research Center, a record number of Hispanics were eligible to vote in 2014. The number of eligible Hispanic voters in the 1986 midterm elections was 7.5 million, whereas in 2014 midterm elections, the number was 25.2 million, an increase in 236%. Even though Hispanic voter turnout has been increasing in the last few elections, it is still very low compared to the national average and all the major minority groups. In the 2014 Midterm Election, Hispanics made 8% of the nation’s voters, a number that equaled to the elections of 2010 and 2012. Even though by 2012 eligible Latino voters reached a record number of 11% of the total voters, Latino vote did not surge, in fact it was the same or even less than prior elections. Just like the midterm elections, Hispanics also have a low turnout rate in presidential elections. In the 2008 Presidential Election, 9.7 million Hispanics voted out of the 19.5 million who were eligible to vote. Making the Hispanic voter turnout rate to be around 49.7%. In the 2012 Presidential Election, 11.2 million Hispanics voted out of the…show more content…
The answer is no. Numerically speaking the Hispanic voter turnout is increasing in every election. However, percentage wise, it is decreasing due to the fact that the number of voter eligible Hispanic is rapidly increasing faster than the amount of voters who participate in the elections. The three main factors for such occurrence are; participants of the naturalization process, growth in population, and relatively young age. Hispanics are the second fastest growing minority group in the United States, only behind Asians. From the 2008 Elections to the 2012 Elections 629,000 Hispanics became eligible to vote, a change in 12.4%. The greatest factor that caused the fastest growth in Hispanic eligible voters was the youth in its group. Over 3.6 million Hispanics turned 18 in the 2012
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