Political parties efforts to attract more Latino voters in the last election cycle had little impact, the U.S. Census Bureau reports.
The Census Bureau conducted a national survey in November to gauge voting activity. Participants answered whether they voted and whether they were registered to vote.
Despite the fact that people who self-identify as Latino make up a growing portion of the population, the proportion of Latino voters was lower than their share of the population, according to a census report.
Non-Latino whites continued to vote at higher rates than Latinos, even in the Western states, said Thomas File, a Census Bureau sociologist.
“The percentage that Hispanics have voted in comparison to their eligibility has remained consistently low since 1996," File said. “Even though the overall Hispanic population is growing, the overall number of Hispanic voters is growing, those two numbers in relation to each other have stayed pretty consistent since 1996.”
The data showed that about 50 percent of people who live in Arizona voted in November, but that number was lower than numbers the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office tracks. According to the census data, fewer people said they were registered to vote than actually were registered.
Nationwide, blacks voted at higher rates than whites in the Eastern states and lower percentages than whites in the West.