Justa y Equilibrada

Mariachi musicians encourage people to come to vote on election day in the predominantly Latino Sun Valley district of Los Angeles on Nov. 6, 2012 Photograph by Joe Klamar/AFP via Getty Images

Growth, particularly in political arenas, has to be measured in context. So, what did adding 1.4 million voters do for Hispanic political clout? It boosted the Latino share of the total U.S. vote by a mere one half of one percent from 5.5 percent of the votes cast in the 2000 election to six percent last year (2004), according to the CPS. And, what did it take to achieve that increase of one half of one percent? A total of four people had to be added to the Hispanic population to generate each one of those additional votes.
—Roberto Suro, Richard Fry, Jeffrey Passel, Hispanics and the 2004 Election: Population, Electorate and Voters. Pew Hispanic Center, June 27, 2005

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