In a recent report, it has been found that millennial voters will dominate the 2016 elections with record of eligible voters reaching up to 27.3 million, almost half of all Latino eligible voters of 2016. About 44% of Hispanic eligible voters are projected for this year and that is a number that is greater than any ethnic or racial group out to vote this year. This record says only one thing – the Latino youth is going to be the main driver among Hispanic eligible voters at least for the next two decades.
So far, this number reflects the biggest source of growth, but the only one for the Latino electorate. Next to the millennial voters, the next-largest source is the adult immigrants now residing in the US legally by deciding to become US citizens by naturalization. Other than these two, the outmigration of people from Puerto Rico is also a source of growth in this year’s Hispanic electorate. Since the year 2012, already about 130,000 Puerto Ricans have already moved in the US.
The largest recipient of these migrants reside in Florida and now have all become US citizens, ready to vote for this year’s US elections. Still, the millennial voters are the biggest and defining factor in the upcoming elections, not only in terms of the Hispanic electorate. As for the country’s white and black voters that are eligible, the youth is the biggest source of growth as well. There are about 9.2 million whites that have turned 18 over the 5 years that passed and about 2.3 million among the blacks.
At the same time, the millennial voters are the biggest number among voters in Asians in the US. About 607, 000 Asians have been recorded to have come of age between 2012 and 2016. But, not like the other groups, in Asians, the bigger source for the growth of eligible voter is attributed to naturalized Asians. This shows that the biggest portion of the Asian eligible voters these US elections are foreign-born. But, among any other group, the biggest source of eligible voters is the Hispanic youths.
Already for some time, the millennial voters represent the Hispanic electorate with projections almost similar to that of this year. Similarly, US’ Asian, white and black electorates have grown exponentially from their declining numbers over the years that passed. The Latino electorate is among the biggest dynamic groups in the nation. It has quickly-growing college-level population and that makes them a possibly influential group that can be the key to the election battle this year.
With the increased number of eligible Latino voters, it is expected that will have a large impact in this year’s presidential election. However, there are a lot of reasons that says Latino voters will not have a big impact this election. Reasons for this include Latino voters having low turn rates compared to other groups, millennial voters who are less likely to cast a vote than adult voters and that Latino voters may not be able to vote in significant numbers since most states with many Latino are not key battleground for 2016 election.