Census: Hispanic Voter Turnout Up In NM In 2012

May 9, 2013

The Census Bureau reports a larger share of New Mexico's Hispanic voters participated in last year's presidential election than in 2008 when President Barack Obama was first elected.

About 56.2 percent of eligible Hispanic voters cast ballots in November, up from almost 53.7 percent in 2008.

Turnout among non-Hispanic white voters, what in New Mexico often are called Anglos, was 70.5 percent last year compared with 71.5 percent in 2008.

The Census analysis is based on a sample survey of voters, and it showed total voter turnout in New Mexico at 61.6 percent of the voting age citizen population — down from 62.6 percent in 2008.

The agency reported lower voter turnout among ages 18 to 24 as well as those 45-64 and 65 to 74.

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