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During the early 21st century, Latinos have grown as a part of the Massachusetts population. To a considerable extent, this growth is reflected in Latinos’ political participation, as shown by voting statistics. For example, the number of Latinos voting in presidential elections rose from 51,000 in 2000 to 227,000 in 2020, a remarkable increase of 345%. Similarly, the percentage of votes for president that were cast by Latinos rose from 1.8% in 2000 to 7.0% in 2020. However, Latino voting is still not fully proportionate to Latinos’ share of the statewide population. Both of these phenomena – the growth of Latino voting and the continued lag – are examined in this report. As the Latino population is projected to grow to over 15% of Massachusetts’ population by 2035 (Granberry & Mattos, 2019), their voting will become more critical in future election outcomes.

This report analyzes Current Population Survey (CPS) data from the six presidential election years from 2000 through 2020. The CPS sample is a probability sample that produces national and state estimates of the civilian non-institutional population 16 years of age and older. The data are generated from replies to survey questions about whether individuals were registered and/or voted in specific national elections.



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