Despite Numbers, Latinos Still Lag in Politics and More
In an article written by Michael Finnegan, he notes that while the State of California has seen the Latino population overtake non-Latino whites (39% Latino, 38% White), just 15% of Latinos cast ballots in the last November election.
Some key points outlined by Finnegan:
But the population milestone confirmed last month by the Census Bureau underscored the distance that California’s Latinos still must go to reach government representation commensurate with their numbers.
Citizenship is one barrier: Many Latino immigrants are ineligible to vote.
Another big factor is the relatively young age of Latinos. Census figures show that 32% are younger than 18 in California and thus ineligible to vote. Only 19% of other California residents are under 18.
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