A new report by the U.S. Census Bureau shows some of the claims made by the media about voter turnout following the 2012 election were inaccurate. Although many media outlets reported that Latinos made up 10 percent of the electorate, the new report indicates that they only made up 8.4 percent. That number is still an increase from 7.4 percent in 2008, but it is about one-sixth less than what was initially reported.
Many major media outlets erroneously reported the 10 percent number, according to The Daily Caller.
“Latinos had such a strong turnout that it lifted them to 10 percent of voters nationwide,” said a Nov. 7 report by the New York Times.
“Roughly 50 percent of Latino voters cast their ballots, comprising 10 percent of Tuesday’s turnout,” said a Nov. 8 report from Fox News’ Latino division.
“National exit polls showed that 10 percent of the electorate was Hispanic,” wrote the Washington Post.
Hispanics are now the fast-growing demographic group, but because many are children and non-citizens, their electoral impact is limited.
The National Association of Latino Elected Officials released a statement about the Census findings, stating: “We are pleased to see the latest Census analysis confirm what we have known all along —that the Latino electorate’s participation in the 2012 election reached historic heights. Nationwide, the Latino share of the vote rose to 8.4 percent in 2012, compared to 7.4 percent in the 2008 election. In battleground states like Colorado, Florida and Nevada, the Latino electorate was particularly decisive, providing the margin of victory in a number of key municipal, state and federal elections."