We put the chart above together to illustrate (source) the voting rates nationally for every Presidential election since 1996 including the non-Presidential election of 2010. Bottom line – “minority voters” do not vote at the same rate as white Americans. Part of the problem with the “minority vote” – blacks, asians and hispanics are simply not registered at the same rate as white voters. As the chart below shows – in 2010…62.8% of black voters were registered to vote but only 43.5% actually voted. If minority voters had voted at the same rate as white voters – another 6.4 million voters would have gone out to the polls.
|#’s Shown in Thousands|
|# of Citizens||Registered Voters||% Registered|
There is a tremendous correlation between registering to vote and voting. There is already a significant drop off in the #’s i.e. many registered voters don’t actually vote; however – the more who are registered….the more that vote. There usually is a big difference between elections that occur during presidential election years and off cycle years. The electorate in 2010 was far older and whiter than that of the 2008 electorate…and thus – the Congress that was elected to pass legislation to put on President Obama was far less supportive of his agenda than the prior Congress.
Politicians tend to pander to the needs of senior citizens pretty HEAVILY; it’s pretty simple why – they actually VOTE. They have a lifetime of experience and now time to vote for their president of choice. There were just over 37 million seniors in the 2010 elections compared to 26 million between the age of 18 – 24 years of age. 75% of all senior citizens are registered to vote compared to 45% of all 18 to 24 year old and when it comes to voting…seniors voted at 3 times the rate that the 18 – 24 group did.
Politicians don’t pander to people who don’t vote. Your vote is the only currency that matters; if you throw it away – you’re throwing your single Wonka Golden ticket in the trash. The person you vote for President will not be able to enact his agenda if there is not a Congress ready and willing to support him. If you don’t register to vote – you won’t be able to vote and if you don’t vote – your voice doesn’t matter. And you can only blame yourself for your lack of conviction….so don’t complain about the results.
The Washington Post says voter registration is down for blacks and Hispanics HERE:
That figure fell 5 percent across the country, to about 11 million, according to the Census Bureau. But in some politically important swing states, the decline among Hispanics, who are considered critical in the 2012 presidential contest, is much higher: just over 28 percent in New Mexico, for example, and about 10 percent in Florida.
For blacks, whose registration numbers are down 7 percent nationwide, and Hispanics, the large decrease is attributed to the ailing economy, which forced many Americans to move in search of work or because of other financial upheaval.
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