Date: Sun, 26 Oct 97 12:36:07 CST
Subject: The Latino Vote in 1996
The Latino Gains in Voting and Registration Higher than Whites and Blacks in 1996
From Angelo Falcon, An Institute for Puerto Rican Policy Analysis
25 October 1997
IPR Note: The Census Bureau released their tables of
voting and registration in the November 1996
presidential election on October 17th. We thought the
ipr-forum would find our quick analysis of these
preliminary numbers of interest.
Based on recently released figures by the Census Bureau
on voting and registration in November 1996, Latinos
were the only major racial-ethnic group to have
significantly increased their voting numbers. The number
of Latinos voting totaled 4.9 million, a 16% increased
over the number voting in 1992. This compares with a
less than 1% growth in black voters, a 9% decrease for
whites, and an 8% decrease for the total population.
Despite this impressive gain in the number of voters,
the Latino voter turnout rate as a percentage of those
registered was only 75%, while in 1992 it was 83%. In
1996, the black turnout was 80%, the white turnout was
83%, and for the total population it was 83%.
Latino gains in voter registration were even greater
than those in voting. Compared to 1992, there were 28%
more Latinos registered in 1996. In comparison, for
blacks the increase was 6%, for whites there was a drop
of 0.4%, and for the total population an increase of
less than 1%. There were 6.6 million Latinos registered
to vote in 1996.
The result was that Latinos made up 5% of total voters
in 1996. This is an increase over the 4% Latinos
represented of total voters in 1988 and 1992.
The Latino voter registration rate in 1996 was 64% of
the voting age population (after taking into account
citizenship), one percentage point over the previous
presidential election. This rate was the same as blacks
(64%), but lower than that of whites (68%).
There were 18.4 million Latinos of voting age in 1996,
of which 10.3 million were eligible to vote after
citizenship is factored in. There were 22.5 million
blacks and 162.8 million whites of voting age in that
Please note that for these statistics presented by the
Census Bureau, Latinos may be of any race and are thus
included in both the black and white figures. No
statistics were presented at this time for Latino
subgroups or by state.
These statistics are from the Census Bureau's Current
Population Surveys, which are based on samples and are
therefore subject to margins of error. Also note that
since this survey provides information on self-reported
rates of participation that it has been observed that
there may be a 10% inflation over actual voting and
For more information on these voting and registration
statistics, contact the Fertility and Family Statistics
Branch of the Census Bureau at 301-457-2445.
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