Latinos and Asians
Latino turnout numbers are brutal:
[N]ew Census Bureau data show that Hispanics’ turnout rate—just 48%—was far below that of whites (64.1%) or blacks (66.2%). It also fell nearly two percentage points below the Hispanic turnout rate in 2008, which was 49.9%. Because of population growth, the number of Latinos who voted for president increased by about 1.4 million from 2008 to 2012, to a record 11.2 million, but the number of Latinos who were eligible but chose not to vote increased even more—by 2.3 million—from 9.8 million in 2008 to 12.1 million in 2012.
In 2012, Latino turnout numbers were actually below
those of 2008. That's what deporting their family and friends at record pace apparently does. But even more alarming are those mid-term turnout numbers—not only are they the lowest of these groups tracked, and significantly so, they are also trending down
. Asians are in much the same boat.
Much of that can be attributed to the large immigrant growth of both those communities, concentrated in the nation's lower socioeconomic levels which, of course, correlates to lower voter participation. For example, in 1992 a bigger percentage of the Latino population was higher-income Cubans, which are the highest performing Latino voting demographic.
Not only do youth voter participation rates lag that of more reliably Republican seniors, but they do so by a crazy amount. And in 2012, their numbers dropped from 2008, hinting at potential problems moving forward.
But again, those problems are exacerbated in midterm elections. Voters under the age of 30 were 19 percent of all voters in 2012, but just 12 percent in 2010. This disparity can be seen even more clearly in this graph put together by David Wasserman of the Cook Political Report:
Democrats have to figure out a way to narrow that mid-term gap because it's killing us.
Single women, no matter how they got single (never married, divorced, widowed) are among the most Democratic—delivering 67 percent of their votes to Obama in 2012. Yet as can be seen above, their turnout consistently lags that of the rest of the voter pool by about 10 points. Part of that is likely from overlap with youth voters (which is also a factor in Latino and Asian turnout numbers, since the median age of an American Latino is 18). But regardless, it's a problem.
And as with the other base Democratic groups, turnout falters even further in midterm elections.
Unmarried women have a midterm retention of 70%, but everyone else has a midterm retention of 78%
This is what Democrats face heading into the 2014 elections. If our people turn out, Democrats win. There are simply more of us than them, and that number is growing by the day. The problem is, our people are the least likely to turn out, and their track record in mid-term elections is woeful.
That's why Republican disenfranchisement efforts are so successful—our core groups are already predisposed to skip out on voting, it doesn't take that much of an extra push to guarantee their non-participation.
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