Number of eligible Latino voters on the rise, yet voter turnout lags

NBC Latino

More Latinos than ever are eligible to vote, but according to a new report the full force of their growth may not be felt at the polls.

According to a study by the Pew Hispanic Center, 23.7 million Latinos are eligible to vote in the upcoming presidential election. This number marks a dramatic increase in Latino eligible voters, up by 22 percent since 2008 when 19.5 million Latinos were eligible to vote. Latinos are also growing as part of the nation’s overall population. There are 51.9 million Latinos in the United States, making up 16.7 percent of the population.

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Despite this growth, the study finds that Latinos make up 11 percent of the electorate, a much smaller percentage given recent population growth and share of the general population. Fifty-five percent of Latinos are ineligible to vote because they…

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