American electorate continues trend toward diversification

FILE PHOTO - A line of early voters wait in queue at the Franklin County Board of Elections, Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

WASHINGTON (AP) – A new Census report shows that the number of Hispanic and Asian-American voters increased in 2016, even as the number of black voters decreased.

The number of white voters also increased, but not enough to reverse an overall trend toward a more diverse electorate.

Votes cast by Hispanics increased by about 1.5 million and slightly less than that by Asian-Americans. The number of white voters increased since 2012 by about 2.8 million, but they still represented a slightly smaller percentage of all voters than in the prior election.

The turnout rate among black voters returned to levels similar to 2004. More than a half million fewer black voters cast ballots compared with 2012.


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