Latinos majority in California, minority in elections
Although Latinos will make up a majority of the largest state this month, voter turnout remains low.
This month, California will join New Mexico as one of two states in America with a Latino majority. However, despite the ever-growing Latino population in the country's largest state, political power remains stagnant.
March will mark the first time that Latinos will compromise 39 percent of California's population—more than any other demographic and surpassing those who identify as white and make up 38.8 percent of the state's population.
Yet in elections, Latinos have not yet reached a comparable voter turnout rate than other demographic groups. Last presidential election, just 8 percent of Latinos voted nationwide, although California's Latino voter turnout was slightly higher than the national average.
One of the reasons that so few Latinos vote is that a third are under voting age. Of those who are eligible to vote, less than half participate, due in part to the young age of eligible voters. In 2012, fewer than half of 18 to 24 year olds participated in the election, compared to 70 percent of senior citizens.
The Latino electorate may double by 2030 thanks to a combination of aging, naturalization and immigration. National campaigns have been pushing for an increase in Latino registration and voter turnout.