Hispanic millennials will account for nearly half (44%) of the record 27.3 million Hispanic eligible voters projected for 2016—a share greater than any other racial or ethnic group of voters, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.
The Latino electorate is projected to make up a record 11.9% of all U.S. eligible voters in 2016 and will pull nearly even with blacks, who will make up 12.4%.
The problem however is that too many of this nation’s Latino voters just don’t vote. In 2012, fewer than half (48%) of Hispanic eligible voters cast a ballot. By comparison, 64.1% of whites and 66.6% of blacks voted.
However young people in 2016 may be spurred to vote because of issues that are directly impacting them, such as college loan debt, lack of jobs, concerns about the U.S. war on drugs, and immigration.
And traditionally more Latinos have voted in Presidential elections than in mid-term elections.
This wave of Latino millennial voters could be good news for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. His leading Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, is saddled with her husband Bill’s poor record on immigration and her own connections to Wall Street.
All of this is bad news for the Republicans in California as more Latinos at the polls in November will mean bad news for GOP candidates across the board. Very few Latinos will be voting for immigrant-bashing Republican candidates like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.
Although most new voters are not immigrants, a majority of Latino voters have a direct connection to the immigrant experience, the report noted. That’s an important fact in an election cycle that has been dominated by debates over what do with the estimated 11 million immigrants who entered the U.S. without authorization, according to the L.A. Times.
The L.A. Times also reported that “As native-born young people make up a greater share of the Latino population, those eligible to vote in November will have higher levels of education than in any recent presidential election year, the report found. Compared to 2000, eligible Latinos will be nearly twice as likely to have at least some college education.”