Blacks in 2012 voted at higher rate than whites for the first time

New data has emerged that shows  that blacks surpassed the number of whites in the 2012 elections. What’s interesting is that this is most certainly correlated to the election and re-election of America’s first black president. Here’s why:

“Blacks were the only race or ethnic group to show a significant increase between the 2008 and 2012 elections in the likelihood of voting (from 64.7 percent to 66.2 percent). The 2012 increase in voting among blacks continues what has been a long-term trend: since 1996, turnout rates have risen 13 percentage points to the highest levels of any recent presidential election. In contrast, after reaching a high in 2004, non-Hispanic white voting rates have dropped in two consecutive elections. Between 2008 and 2012, rates for non-Hispanic whites dropped from 66.1 percent to 64.1 percent. As recently as 1996, blacks had turnout rates 8 percentage points lower than non-Hispanic whites.”

“Overall, the percentage of eligible citizens who voted declined from 63.6 percent in 2008 to 61.8 percent in 2012.”

The Chicago Tribune also breaks it down reminding us that:

” Some of the increase in black voting stems from enthusiasm for President Obama and his campaign’s mobilization efforts, but much of the gain reflects a trend of ever-greater participation among blacks. Many were denied the right to vote until the Voting Rights Act in 1965 and have been the target of intensive voter registration and turnout efforts ever since.”

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