My co-workers and I are celebrating Obama Day by reading articles and watching videos all day. (I love my job.)

I really can't bring myself to write a full post right now because I just get too excited and can't concentrate whenever I start. I'll try to get my top 5 moments of last night done before the end of the day, but I really wanted to share something with everyone -- Latinos rock!

My attempts at finding a breakdown of the Latino vote have led me to these numbers (story in Spanish): Latinos make up 15% of the population and made up 10% of the electorate yesterday. Holy moly! This is a new record for a presidential election, and I have to say I'm mighty proud of my people right now. Of course I wish the number was higher, but hopefully this is just the beginning and we can get our community more engaged in the future.

I'm especially proud of the Latinos I know who were also first-time voters this year. YOU GO! I can't find stats for this - please share if you do - but of the people I know, about 50% were first-time voters.

I'm trying to find out what percentage of the Latino population in the U.S. is actually eligible to vote, so please drop a comment if you know the answer.

I still want to hear the final word on the youth vote. I've seen in some places that it barely went up a point, while others are saying that it's much more than expected?? I'm not sure where the confusion is coming from, but please share any links you find.

Any other turnout stats that stick out to you?

1 comments:

At Thu Nov 06, 04:10:00 PM fourth wave said...

I haven't seen anything about the Latino vote yet, but here's some statistics on the youth vote from the Feminist Majority Foundation.

 

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