December 1, 1999

The Latino Electorate in 2010: More Voters, More Non-Voters

17.4 points

While a record number of Latinos voted in 2010, Latino participation rates have lagged that of other groups in recent elections.

More than 6.6 million Latinos voted in the 2010 elections — a record for a midterm. However, Latino participation rates have lagged that of other groups in recent elections. In 2010, 31.2% of Latino eligible voters said they voted, while nearly half (48.6%) of white eligible voters and 44% of black eligible voters said the same. This gap in participation — 17.4 percentage points between Latinos and whites — has persisted in recent midterm election years, though it is down from a record 19.3 percentage points in 2006. A similar gap in voter turnout rates between Latinos and whites exists in presidential election years as well. Latinos also constitute a significantly smaller share of the population eligible to vote than other groups because more than a third are too young to vote and more than a fifth of not U.S. citizens. Just 42.7% of the nation’s Latino population is eligible to vote, while more than three-in-four (77.7%) whites, two-thirds of blacks (67.2%) and more than half of Asians (52.8%) are eligible to vote. But even among those who are eligible, the number of Latinos who did not vote grew by 25% between 2006 and 2010, while those who did vote increased by a lesser 18.8%. Read More