Latino Voter Turnout Smaller Than Expected in 2012

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Voters line up to register at a caucus precinct in 2008 in a the largely Hispanic neighborhood in East Las Vegas, Nevada (Ryan Anson/AFP/Getty Images)

In the 2012 election, one of the most competitive voting blocks didn't show up to the polls in the numbers that analysts expected: Latinos.

According to new analysis of voting numbers from the Pew Hispanic Center, just 48% of eligible Hispanic voters turned out to vote in 2012, a slight drop from the percentage that came out in 2008.

What does this mean for Latinos, for the country, and for the 2016 election?

Mark Lopez is associate director of the Pew Hispanic Center and co-author of the report "Inside the 2012 Latino Electorate." 


Mark Lopez

Comments [1]

I can understand the motivation....It's too hard to make a life in your home country...Perhaps you'll have a better chance elsewhere.

But where is the motivation to stay and make your own country work for your interest? Why did we left NAFTA push so many Mexican farm laborers out of their own country?

Immigration policy is broken but every compromise we have made for the last 30 years has only made it worse.

Jun. 05 2013 03:53 PM

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