Many Latinos who can vote don’t, which could be smothering the group’s political power. Research from the Pew Hispanic Center shows that 6.6 million Latinos voted in 2010, a record for a midterm election. However, the number of eligible voters increased to 21.3 million. meaning 14.7 million Latinos failed to show up at the polls last year, also a record.
The number of Latinos who can vote is among the smallest proportion of any group due to the high number of Latinos below the age of 18 (more than one-third) and the percentage of Latinos who aren’t U.S. citizens (almost a quarter).
The Washington Post says President Obama will need Latino voters in the upcoming presidential election, however many are disappointed with the administration’s inability to pass immigration reform measures.